“He is yet to justify the price tag.”
This was the statement on the lips of countless interesti around the world at the start of the season. Fast forward to now, and few would be doubting the potential & ability of Nicolò Barella.
Arriving from Cagliari for a 5 Million Euro loan, the deal is a minimal to low risk transfer. Despite this, a 45 Million redemption tag is what turns off some of the doubters.
Anybody that tuned in to watch Nicolò grace the pitch for ‘Gli Isolani’ last season would know that this young lad is just getting started.
Identified immediately via Marotta, Conte was delivered the star at the start of this season. Since then, he has gone on to make 16 appearances in all competitions. Domestically, Nicolò has one goal & 3 assists, and one goal in the champions league.
Nicolò is the kind of midfielder that is hard to appreciate until you feel his presence depart, a feeling I hope we don’t need to feel at all this season.
An injury to new signing Stefano Sensi was met with pessimism throughout the Inter fanbase. Stefano rightfully stole the headlines with a string of fantastic displays. Therefore, it was only natural that Nicolò took the back seat at the start of the season.
It is in the absence of Stefano that Barella has truly stood out to the fans. Above all, his dynamism & tenacity on the ball make him that tough, grinding midfielder we need.
Nicolò combines accurate forward passing, propelling ball movement and a shot that troubles the best keepers on the planet.
Most noteworthy, his wonder strike to win the match vs Verona is sure to silence the last few doubters.
It would appear that Inter have found a gem for their midfield. Furthermore, with Barella being a well known interesta, we may have found one for the long run.