Last season, Diego Milito was being hailed as Inter Milan’s treble hero as he managed to score the deciding goals on the Nerazzurri’s important matches such as the Champions League final, the last day of Serie A and also the Italian Cup final.
The Argentinian international sensational performance last year also being acknowledge by UEFA that crowned him the UEFA Club Forwad of the Year and UEFA Club Footballer of the Year awards earlier this month.
However things haven’t really been the same for Milito in this early part of the season as he hasn’t scored any goals yet for Inter so far and last night things gets even worse for the striker after he netted an own goal in the Champions League. I’ll Principe accidentally turn in a corner from FC Twente’s player into his own team’s goal and his performance dropped heavily after that incident resulting him being substituted by Sulley Muntari midway into the second half.
Reacting to the critics regarding his latest performances, Milito admits that at the moment he is not in a good condition but claims that it’s just a temporary thing and he will re-gain his old form soon. The player also stated that the World Cup along with the hectic season he had last year were the main reasons for his current dip of form.
“It is a physical issue, but also one of sharpness after the long season and the World Cup,” Milito said to the press. “Those of us who arrived later did not get to train much in pre-season and immediately went into friendly games. I think soon enough we’ll reach form.”
The Argentinian international might have a point about the reasons of his current dip of form, however many Inter fans are getting restless with his performance and start to question the management’s decision in extending Milito’s contract this summer. With his current age at 31, many people believes that the striker won’t be having the same kind of contribution as last year especially with the fact that the Nerazzurri have to change their playing tactics with Rafael Benitez’s arrival.
Should the Argentinian fails to start scoring again his position as the treble winning club’s center forward will be replaced by Samuel Eto’o who has been scoring regularly in this early part of the season. Not only that, with the current squad rooster that Inter have, it is essential for them that Milito should find his goal scoring touch as soon as possible as the Nerazurri doesn’t really have a quality depth on their bench as they only got young players such as Biabiany and Coutinho. That unconvincing depth up front could cost the Nerazurri in the later part of the season should injury problems starts to hit them.