Champions-elect Inter must focus on providing stronger competition for Martinez and Thuram

Inter have relied on star strikers Lautaro Martinez and Marcus Thuram as they close in on the Serie A title, but their back up options have failed to deliver

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As Inter close in on the Serie A title for the first time since 2021, attention is already turning to next season and how the Nerazzurri can strengthen to retain their crown and lift the Champions League.

Simone Inzaghi‘s side have proven themselves to be a cut above the competition this campaign and find themselves 14 points clear of fierce rivals AC Milan with just seven games remaining, following a 2-1 win over Udinese in Matchday 31.

However, elimination in the Champions League and a Coppa Italia campaign that never got going show there is still room for improvement for the champions elect, particularly in attack.

Martinez and Thuram continue to shine

Star man Lautaro Martinez has firmly established himself as the best striker in Serie A and is something of a talismanic figure for the Biscione. The Argentina international has relished being the main man after being in the shadow of Romelu Lukaku, with his maturity in front of goal a key factor in Inter‘s pursuit of the title.

With the former Racing Club striker leading the line, Inzaghi is able to deploy his favoured 3-5-2 formation and know that Martinez will press as well as work space for himself up front, and he is enjoying his most prolific season in Serie A with 23 goals.

Meanwhile, summer arrival Marcus Thuram has slotted in seamlessly and complements Martinez perfectly. The Frenchman has hit the ground running faster than most could have predicted and his signing as a free agent is looking like the steal of the season.

Despite the preferred pair proving themselves to be at an elite level, there is a worrying lack of rotation options and it is here that Inter find themselves short of firepower across a season fought on multiple fronts.

Lautaro Martinez of Inter celebrates. (@Inter)

Sanchez and Arnautovic flop

The nostalgic but inexplicable returns of an aging Alexis Sanchez and a largely immobile Marko Arnautovic have not paid off, with the duo providing a paltry four Serie A goals between them this term.

Neither player is able to effectively fill the gap of Martinez or Thuram, and where Inzaghi could once call upon a player like Lukaku or Edin Dzeko, options are scarce.

With the focus very much on allowing the current first choice attacking partnership to blossom, Inter must carefully consider their transfer options this summer and weigh up the risk/reward of going all out for a big signing.

Inter’s Alexis Sanchez celebrates. [@Inter_en]

Is Martial the answer?

The Nerazzurri have been linked with Manchester United outcast Anthony Martial and a move for him could allow the France striker to reignite his career, whilst also giving Inter a pacy option from the bench.

Alternatively, a decision to promote Martin Satriano to the first team may provide Inzaghi with a more longer-term asset, but the Uruguayan is yet to prove himself ready to make the step up.

Amidst a season that could prove historic by sealing a second golden star for 20 Serie A titles, Inter simply cannot squander this opportunity to improve from a position of strength.

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