Alexis Sánchez’s disappointing time with United was ended but he has had little impact at San Siro. He has been more involved since the winter break but his strike partner Lukaku has been far more effective since also arriving from Old Trafford, suggesting Sánchez’s loan move will not be made permanent.
With Conte encouraging his midfielders to join attacks, Lukaku and strike partner Lautaro Martínez are given consistent support. They have formed a formidable partnership, which has contributed to them scoring 28 goals between them in the first 25 league fixtures of the season, dovetailing effectively, and making runs in opposite directions that stretch defences and create spaces. It is Lukaku who more regularly withdraws to receive possession to feet, and Martínez who favours running in behind.
Eriksen arrived during the January tranfer window from Tottenham to add a further option and potentially a further element to their attack; Young joined at the same time, again from United, and has quickly settled on the left of their five-strong midfield. He has been given the freedom to regularly advance, in the knowledge that three central defenders and at least one central midfielder will cover when he does so; his presence on the opposite wing to Antonio Candreva means that Inter offer quality deliveries into the penalty area from both wings. Diego Godín offered a further option at central defence from the point of his arrival, on a free transfer, during the summer. He offers experience and an impressive ability to read the game, which can prove particularly influential behind wing-backs so willing to advance.