One of Roberto Mancini’s comments when he took over from Walter Mazzarri as Inter boss, was to ask where all the wingers were.
Under Mazzarri’s 3-5-2 formation, it is the wingbacks that provide the attacking width, making a switch to Mancini’s 4-3-3 or 4-3-3-1 formation difficult as he had nobody in the squad to provide the width the team needed.
That was one of the reason that Nerazzurri fans were excited about the arrival of Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski in January. They were expected to provide the width in Mancini’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
But the Inter boss quickly got buyers regret, tiring quickly of the two and reverting back to a conservative 4-3-1-2 with three deep midfielders. A formation that frankly bored Inter fans, especially at home where Mancini’s side struggled to win games in the second half of the season.
With six months to plan for this summer’s transfer market I was expecting the arrival of at least two wingers at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
While Wolfsburg’s Ivan Perisic and Genoa’s Diego Perotti have both been heavily linked with a move to Inter, as has now the only winger to sign has been Jonathan Biabiany.
Considering how busy Inter have been in this transfer window, it is shocking to me that they have not managed to sign a top winger.
Expectations are that with the new summer signings that Inter should be able to challenge for a top three position this year.
But unless something dramatically changes in the next three weeks, Inter will begin the season with the 4-3-1-2 formation that they have been playing in preseason, And with no goals against Real Madrid, Milan and Galatasaray, that formation appears to only lure Inter fans to sleep.
What do you think of Inter’s inability to sign the wingers they need they season?