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December 31, 2014No Comments
I wanted to introduce my hopes and expectations for 2015 – this seems like as apt a time as possible to do it.
With the new hiring of Roberto Mancini, the key thing clearly has to be sustained management support towards him. We’ve had issues with other coaches – admittedly under a different regime – where the management didn’t support them properly and this clearly drove the only possible outcome from this scenario – failure. Bourne out of this, the top of my hopes and expectations list is that we throw our support – as fans and as a club – fully behind Roberto Mancini. This of course has to be executed within the parameters of the club – don’t expect us to spend tens of millions in this window – but we’ve already seen moves towards exactly what we need – players on loan with the right, and not the obligation, to purchase.
Croatia vs. Portugal, 10th June 2013
I’m not going to pass judgement on the names we are linked with in particular, and while I do have some judgement about some of them (i.e. Lassana Diarra), I don’t think that is necessarily within the scope of this article. Roberto Mancini has quite publicly highlighted the winger positions as the key thing he would like to reinforce – a legacy as I have pointed out previously of adapting a squad to a 3-5-2 that Walter Mazzarri wanted – and whilst I believe Dodo might be able to adapt to this role, we are still a long way from having a squad needed to support what we want to play. Bastardisation of Rodrigo Palacio to RW, Hernanes somewhere, and mis-use of Osvaldo isn’t going to help anyone.
The second entry on my hopes and expectations list is that Roberto Mancini will build a compact squad – this is something I’ve said a few times under prior managers but Roberto Mancini has proved he can do this – which is capable of, at least, effectively playing well together if not necessarily attractively playing well together.
Roberto Mancini also seems to be quite a supporter of our youth – those who remember his previous tenure will remember a lot of people debuting under him but only really Balotelli ever getting a consistent run out for him. Bonazzoli seems to have started well but it would be fair to question how much longer that will last with a new forward coming in January (most likely Lukas Podolski currently). Further afield, he’s already debuted Andrea Palazzi, Federico Dimarco, Enrico Baldini, and given time to Isaac Donkor who hasn’t featured for Inter since Andrea Stramaccioni.
To summarise that, I would like to see more time for our youth players. I think they have a lot to offer the club, and I’m particularly keen on the younger players who are already at the top level of the Primavera – I’m looking specifically at Isaac Donkor, George Puscas, Federico Bonazzoli, Gaston Camara, and perhaps Gnoukouri, Dimarco, Sciacca and Palazzi.
The fourth and final entry on my hopes and expectations list is the aim of 3rd place. I don’t think we can reasonably achieve this – though we aren’t so far off the pace currently – but it would be a really nice way to end the season if we can manage that. I believe with the right signings, and a much needed change in mentality, this isn’t an entirely unreasonable goal (though still a substantial stretch) – but the really telling feature will be this transfer window. With the right support, we could really accomplish a decent step forward for Inter this season, which would be amazing given how we started.