Inter old boy Antonio Cassano expects Lautaro Martinez to replace Mauro Icardi, who ‘offers nothing if he doesn’t score’, once he returns from injury.
Martinez replaced Icardi as Inter’s lone striker while the No 9 was in exile, but a hamstring injury to the 21-year-old has let their former captain back in.
The club and player appear to have resolved their issues for now, yet Cassano believes the Argentine’s return will prove to be shortlived.
“Inter play with a 4-2-3-1, which means having only one striker: Icardi cannot play with Lautaro,” the former Italy attacker told Tiki Taka.
“If it was up to Spalletti, he would play Martinez because he prefers strikers who play for the team.
“Lautaro’s done very well, he’s 20 and he has to play because he’s better than Mauro.
“Icardi just scores and that’s it. If he doesn’t score, he offers nothing else.
“Spalletti prefers strikers like Dzeko, Benzema and Lewandowski Icardi is like Inzaghi in that if he doesn’t score, he does nothing else.
“I think Spalletti prefers a player like Lautaro. He wouldn’t even play someone like Piatek.
“There are players who score goals and others who score goals and also play for the team.”
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