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I’m very distraught by rumours of the sales of Duncan and Benassi at the moment. I could accept, individually, their sales, if they were intended to construct a clear plan for other youth players – i.e. having ‘too many’ good young midfielders, and trying to ensure you cherry pick the best and monetise the rest.
But is that really what’s happening here? I wouldn’t necessarily say our primavera is currently blessed with too much talent in the midfield department – people like Mira or Tassi are very far behind Benassi and Duncan in terms of development. So what does the sale of Alfred Duncan, for only 3 million euros, serve? Rumours of an 8 million euro bid from Sunderland last season were rejected with joy, in hopes that Duncan would develop into a top player. A somewhat poor season at Livorno has now potentially decreased his value – but that makes his sale even more stupid.
Considering the level of faith this club has repeatedly shown players who did not deliver – i.e. recently players like Chivu, Milito, etc – it puzzles me that we take the opposite approach at the Primavera/youth level.
Surely our reasons for believing in Duncan last season are still there? He might not be as highly rated as last year, but does one bad season aged 20/21 justify writing him off already? Especially when remembering the storm he took Serie B by last season?
Back to my original point, too. I don’t see any coherent thinking behind this. I understand that Crisetig is getting to be quite highly rated, but his circumstances were exactly like Duncan’s last year… What if he has a bad season next year in Serie A? We will look to sell him too?
Benassi is even more perplexing if we remember the context that it happened in. We paid the co-ownership, which will now evolve into a loan+right of redemption, for a player who we could have signed on Bosman in 6 months anyway, a player who played a total of 672 minutes, and his only real first team exposure was enforced through injury. I’m not saying by any stretch that D’Ambrosio was a bad signing, but rather, why we paid so much for a player we could sign on Bosman, only to use him as a back up is beyond me.
The current structure and long term planning at Inter really worries me. Midfield is one of the most critical – and always has been – deficits for us at youth level. Now we finally look like we have 3 good young midfielders, each unique and not comparable to another, we look to offload two of them?
It just doesn’t make sense. But such is the truth of youth at Inter, we’ve always struggled to have any form of coherency here. It’s not necessarily the sale that I entirely mind – though I do object to the sale of any of the 3 aforementioned players, all 3 of whom have been linked with permanent moves away, though at least Crisetig’s seems to have gone away for time being. It is the lack of coherence that I am most disappointed in. If we didn’t believe in Duncan, we should have offloaded him last year for 8 million euros. If we don’t believe in Benassi, then why did we spend 1.6 million euros on half of him last January only to bench him for the next 2 months (another youth move which will perplex me until the day I die)?
Then again, perhaps the only thing shocking here is my surprise. We are, after all, the club that offloaded Donati and Caldirola so cheaply last year, who have had such a stellar rise in the German league this season. Youth at Inter has always been perplexing, perhaps it is just my naivety in hoping that things would change, just days after our Chairman came out and commented on the loss of youth players, that is unexpected.