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Adam Digby On January - 28 - 2011

Everyone’s A Loser: Inter Sign Giampaolo Pazzini

It was confirmed today, in perhaps the only shocking move of the January transfer window so far, that Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini has agreed a deal to move to Inter with immediate effect. While analysts and fans alike nodded their head at a good move by the San Siro outfit a deeper look makes you ask if it truly is, or if it will eventually be a move regretted by all concerned.

Having put his signature on a four and a half year deal, it seems like an ideal move for the Italy goalscorer but, as we have seen so many times before, Italian talent struggles to find room at Inter. Diego Milito may well be injured, but when he returns can Pazzini really expect to start over the Argentine or indeed one of World football’s most in-form strikers, Samuel Eto’o?

He only needs look a little further along the bench to see how a move to the Nerazzurri is panning out for Andrea Ranocchia, a player who would start matches for every team in the league yet has played just one minute in Serie A since his own pre-Christmas move from Genoa. No other team would field Ivan Cordoba or Marco Materazzi ahead of such a talented defender, yet at Inter - even more so since the arrival of Leonardo as coach - the older squad players weild so much influence that a new arrival is immediately an outsider.

It continues - Davide Santon has played less than ten minutes in Serie since the turn of the year and another example is the player used as a make-weight in the Pazzini transfer Jonathan Biabiany. A first team regular under Rafael Benitez and one of the only real positives of the Spaniard’s reign, at just 22 he too has been cast aside by the new regime. Surplus to requirements and now at Sampdoria, his style will bring some spark to a squad that has lacked that very element since depriving itself of the talented Antonio Cassano.

Playing time will clearly be hard to come by, denying the Atalanta youth product the chance to prove to Cesare Prandelli than he is the man to fire the Italian National team to Euro 2012. As the coach searches for a spearhead to lead the line and link with the talents of Cassano and Mario Balotelli, it is likely Pazzini will fall behind Alberto Gilardino and others for that position. This is a huge loss as perhaps the most natural goalscorer available to the Azzurri kicks his heels on the Inter bench.

So Pazzini loses, Inter waste more money as the nuances of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations escape the clubs management entirely, Leonardo has even less excuses and even more pressure placed upon him, Juventus miss out on another top target for the coming summer, yet there is still a winner.

In Genoa Riccarrdo Garrone must be a very happy man. Castigated for losing Cassano for nothing on a point of principle, consider now his business strategy after European football eluded Sampdoria. He lost his coach, his Sporting Director (and his first choice replacement) and now his first choice front pairing but kept the rest of his squad intact. A new coach has arrived and has the team intact, sitting comfortably in ninth place, just outside a return to the European places.

Factor in the acquisition of Manchester United’s Federico Macheda as an instant Pazzini replacement, quality new squad players in the shape of Biabiany and Massimo Maccarone and now the €12m transfer fee he has collected from Inter. It seems of all the people suffering right now, the Sampdoria President is truly sitting pretty.

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8 Responses so far.

  1. Jonny Swift, Jr says:

    Ranocchia is still settling in to the squad, Santon has not been great this year (2010/2011) hence he is behind Chivu in the pecking order. Biabiany was terrible so far this year. How did he get a starting spot? Oh, because of injuries… He is fast, but with little technical ability and a poor final ball. Pazzini adds something to Inter which we did not have prior to his arrival, and that is aerial dominance. Any of the forwards can play with the others, given the time to gel. So if Pazzini isn’t in the starting lineup by next week, don’t sweat it!

  2. Adam says:

    Good article mate, disagree that Biabiany has been good this year though, he’s had maybe two good games and been terrible every other.

  3. Daniel says:

    Good deal for Inter, there future looks bright. Italy’s best young CB,FB,and CF.

    Remember inter are a old side, and they will need replacements. Morrati’s smart ( unlike Marotta ) he’s securing Inter’s future, with such great young talent.

    Perhaps Inter will sign Poli as well.

    Adam, you seem like a p***** off Juventino, as to be honest, I don’t blame you….

    Forza Inter.

  4. Daniel says:

    Ranocchia,Santon,Pazzini,Viviano ( we still own him ),Coutinho,Sniejder,Mariga,Benedetti ( one of our Primavera starlets ), Natalino.

    Our future looks bright! Thank you Massimo!

  5. Daniel says:

    The season should get even more INTEResting…..we’ve strengthened, and so have Milan…Van Bommel,Emanuelson,Cassano,and Villa ( one of Spains most promising FB’s )….funny how they signed all of those players for 4.2 million…

    I still think we can win the title though..forza Inter!

  6. Adam Digby says:

    I didn’t mean Biabiany had mean good, what I meant was it was pleasing to see youth given it’s head under Benitez, something that isn’t happening now. Fair points made on Santon - although Cordoba started a game at fullback over him which is ridiculous. Add to that starts for Materazzi over Ranocchia and I stand by my main point, under Leonardo it is the veterans first and everyone else on the outside looking in. Whether that is right or wrong for Inter is not my concern, I’m disappointed to see three fantastic talents not getting regular football.

  7. Jonny Swift, Jr says:

    No one at Inter cares if you are Italian or not. That is not what gets you in the starting lineup. It is a real shame if that is news to Santon, Ranocchia or Pazzini. In a year from now I definitely see Ranocchia and Pazzini as established first team members (maybe even faster for Ranocchia). Santon has still only shown flashes of what he is capable of, I hope he stays around long enough to replace Maicon at RB.

  8. andrew rajiv says:

    Well. Everyone knows boys dont win trophies. I’m sure leo is savvy enough to use these players to inters best advantage.

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