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This article will focus on the Serie B loans Inter have placed this year, and reviewing the performances of the players, compared to expectations. In addition to Serie B, a few players loaned internationally will be addressed too.
Matteo Bianchetti, Inter Primavera Serie B
Matteo Bianchetti is a well known former Primavera player at Inter. He was somewhat hard done by on loan to Verona this season, clocking a total of only 3 appearances for 212 minutes, but in January moved on loan to Spezia in Serie B, where he played an additional 804 minutes in 9 appearances before getting injured and missing most of the tail end of the season. I would classify this as an… interesting… season for Bianchetti – he would clearly have been hoping for significantly more exposure, but at the same time, I suspect the way he made an impact for Spezia is something he will personally be very proud of, and sets good foundations for the future. Undoubtedly he needs a full season next year, and it will be interesting to see where his development goes. Season rating: 6/10
Lorenzo Crisetig, Crotone Serie B
Lorenzo Crisetig is an interesting starlet from the Inter Primavera. Shipped on loan to Serie B this year, he came to prominence a few years ago as the youngest ever player called up to one of Italy’s junior teams. For those who have followed me, you will know that I have been critical of his apparently saturated development in recent years, but I am happy to praise him for his performances this season. 3,369 minutes in 38 appearances for Crotone have made his name in Serie B this year, and he’s been tipped as ready for Serie A. It’s not quite clear yet where he will go on loan next season, but either a high Serie B side or lower Serie A side will suit him very well. I’d give him a Season rating: 8.5/10
Luca Garritano, Cesena Serie B
Luca Garritano has had a hot and cold season. Playing 1013 minutes in 25 matches for Cesena might not initially look like a great success, but delving into the details a bit more we will find ourselves more impressed. He only twice played more than 60 minutes for Cesena until week 35 of the Serie B season, at which point he suddenly springs into life. Following on from this, he clocks over half of his minutes in the remaining 7 matchdays, suspended for the only game he misses. A total of 2 goals and 3 assists also may not look like an impressive sum, but he plays for the 4th placed team in Serie B, which has not scored many goals (a total of 45 all season). The impact he’s had there in the latter half of the season should not be underestimated, and it is a strong sign looking forward to next year, and as such he is awarded a Season rating: 7.5/10 on the back of his second half performance.
Simone Benedetti, Serie B
Simone Benedetti is one of the older players out on loan, and needs to start to really assert himself at the top level to breakthrough, or else destine himself to a career in Serie B. His stats for this season aren’t bad – with 2,892 minutes in 33 matches, but considering his age, one could arguably be expecting him to do better. This next loan is potentially make or break for him – a good move to a lower table Serie A side where he can assert himself could be the move that makes him, but I’m not sure at the moment as to whether it will materialise or not. For a season rating, though, I would award him a Season rating: 7/10, for the way he broke through to the first team after missing the first few matches of the season on the bench.
Simone Pasa, Varese/Padova Serie B
Simone Pasa is probably one of the more disappointing aspects of the loans this year. Loaned initially to Varese, then Padova, he has managed only 151 minutes in 4 appearances. I personally was quite impressed with him in his Serie A appearances under Stramaccioni and thought he would easily slot into the back of a middling Serie B side, but I guess I was wrong. In his last appearance, for Padova, FCIN were commenting on how impressed they were with him, so it’s a bit of a puzzling situation. One has to hope that next season he will have the chance to play alot elsewhere. Season rating: 3/10
Niccolo Belloni, Modena Serie B
Niccolo Belloni has had a poor first season out on loan. He’s managed a goal – a pretty good one at that too – but only played 7 matches for 150 minutes total. This is not a big deal as I always have the ‘first season grace’ rule – which has applied well to people like Pecorini and Alborno for example – but I would like to see him play regularly next season. Season rating: 4/10
Lukas Spendlhofer, Varese Serie B
Lukas Spendlhofer is another interesting case. After some well documented contract issues last summer, things were set for him to make an impact out on loan this year. Unfortunately he was hit by the same Varese curse as Simone Pasa, having managed only 217 minutes in 3 appearances for them. I would suggest that, most likely, we will look to sell him this summer, but don’t rule out a make-or-break loan for him next year. Season rating: 3/10
Raffaele Di Gennaro, Serie B Cittadella
Raffaele Di Gennaro probably claims the Serie B loanee of the year for me. He has 3,510 minutes under his belt in 39 appearances, with 12 cleansheets to match. He has quickly propelled himself to hero status at Cittadella with some impressive saves, and with Bardi’s somewhat poor or at least average season on loan to Livorno, Di Gennaro has made himself a real candidate for the ‘best young keeper’ award at Inter. Serie A undoubtedly lies in his future, and we may have a real gem here to hang on to. Season rating:9/10
Rodrigo Alborno, Cittadella Serie B
Rodrigo Alborno has had an interesting season. He started off on the bench for Cittadella, before breaking through in LM/LW to satisfactory results, he has now been moved to more of an LWB role and really impressed. He’s even managed to get 2 goals to his name, in his 26 appearances and 2,185 minutes. The way he finished the season was particularly impressive, and he deserves a lot of credit for that. Probably a Serie B loan again next season, but expect him to be one of the stars this time round.Season rating:7.5/10
Simone Pecorini, Cittadella Serie B
Simone Pecorini is another player who has benefitted from the first year grace rule. He has managed 2,290 minutes in 30 appearances, but unfortunately dropped off the radar for the last 10 matches or so of this season. It’s quite possible that this was down to injury, but I’m not entirely certain. Deployed in RB/CB/CM positions across the season, he’s done pretty well. I would say he’s not necessarily on the level of players like Alborno or Di Gennaro, but he has still had a good season and this sets good foundations. Season rating:7/10
Vid Belec has been on loan to Olhanese. What initially started off as a 2nd choice keeper role for him quickly became the regular first choice keeper, and he has clocked 22 appearances and 3 cleansheets for one of the worst first division teams in Portugal, for 1980 minutes. However, given his age, his previous history at Inter, and his prospects, it is most likely that he will be sold this summer as I don’t see that much more room for development at Inter in the long term – I would rather focus on Di Gennaro and Bardi myself. Season rating:7.5/10
Daniel Bessa is a name many Inter Primavera fans will know well. Unfortunately he’s now on the back of 2 years of poor loans – only recently clocking any playing time of note with 516 minutes for Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch 2nd division. It’s hard to pin this down to an exact cause – perhaps long term injury effects are still lingering, or perhaps he’s simply not that good? – but what is clear is that his next loan move is make or break, as few players can recover from two seasons of lost development. We must keep a close eye on his next move, but I fear he could be released in his near future. Season rating: 5/10