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Inter Milan’s 31-man loan army

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From Mauro Icardi at Paris Saint-Germain to Matteo Rover at Suditrol, the Inter Milan have sent out 31 players on loan for the 2019/20 season, six more than last year.

Antonio Conte bemoaned the size of his squad after Inter’s shortcomings in Dortmund. The former Juventus manager was unhappy as the San Siro based outfit failed to secure a result after taking the lead.

In his furious rant, Conte questioned the thinking of Inter Milan board’s as he competes in domestic and European competitions.

‘Apart from Diego Godin, these players haven’t won anything and lack experience,’ Conte said after the 3-2 defeat at Signal Iduna Park.

‘We have too limited a squad to face both Serie A and Champions League football this season. I mean limited in terms of numbers and quality.

‘Some players have to be on the field constantly and in the long run, you do pay for that. I am furious because this cancels out the good work.’

Players worth 150 million Euros

The Italian manager has every right to be angry with the fact that over 150 million Euros worth of Nerazzurri plies their trade away from San Siro. Majority of the players have went away seeking first team minutes. And Inter will profit from them on their return.

There has to be an understanding of loan mechanics to give a good account of what is going on in Milan. Young players go out on loan for experience. Experienced players for first team minutes. Troublemakers get shipped away from unwanted surroundings.

There are squad number restrictions to factor into. And UEFA’s financial fair play guidelines that need adherence.

Clubs stockpile players but talent is wasted without action. Loans are an efficient way to keep a hold of these players while giving them first team action. The increase in value while on loan is just a ‘bonus’ for any future transfers.

It is a handy tool to gauge a player’s abilities before spending millions on wages and transfers.

With league titles in Italy and England under his belt, Conte is an experienced manager. This is not his first year in-charge of a big club. His frustrations stem from other factors.

Inter’s majority players on loan need first team action. But these do not make one-tenth of those on-loan. The San Siro-based outfit are suffering from their poor transfer record, along with the unique case of Mauro Icardi.

While the likes Andrea Pinamonti, Ionut Radu, Yann Karamoh, Dalbert, Andreaw Gravillon, Gabriel Brazao, Facundo Colidio, and Eddie Salcedo, lie in the former category. Radja Nainggolan, Gabriel Barbosa, and Joao Mario lie in the latter category after failing to impress at the San Siro.

Meanwhile, Icardi is Icardi. The Argentine was the captain at San Siro but could not stay away from controversy. Along his wife, Wanda Nara, he caused a ruckus with contract demands and transfer warnings in 2018/19. Consequently, Conte avoided the mercurial but contentious striker like a plague and sanctioned his move to Paris.

The Italian manager has a limited squad. And this is what he likes if the players are off his liking. However, his hands have been cuffed due to the club’s inability to get rid of unwanted players. In the meanwhile, leaving him with a squad that he wants to improve upon.

Inter needs time to sort out the kinks in their loan system and fulfill the requirements of their manager. Parma and Chelsea have put the loan system to good use. Even Juventus have 29 players farming away.

Perhaps one day, Inter will find a way to make good use of their loan brigade.