Myron Boadu, the young wing wizard of the Dutch Eredivisie, has emerged as a target for Serie A club Napoli over the past few weeks, though others at his current club have refuted such developments. Yet, with the 2018/19 runners up Napoli in decline, there are also reports of a potential coup from Inter Milan.
Serie A: The ‘status quo’
Along with Lazio, Inter Milan have spent the past eight months making a genuine assault on Juventus’ Serie A crown. They have done so with Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku leading the line, and winter arrival Christian Eriksen delivering some lethal set piece. Even so, the next transfer window will be key to them keeping pace with the pinnacle of Serie A and returning to former glories.
Though it has been ten years since Inter last won the Champions League, as part of that famous ‘cup treble’ of 2010 under Jose Mourinho’s management (shown below), Inter are still a huge draw for anyone.
Certainly, the Serie A betting outright odds against them winning the title ahead of 2020/21 will be far shorter than they were before 2019/20.
However, the key to adding depth to the playing roster lies in taking a cost-effective approach. In practice, that means resisting the urge to chase the biggest names out there, and instead targeting the less obvious targets.
Eredivisie a potential goldmine
With the exception its traditional ‘big three’ clubs – namely Feyenoord, Ajax and PSV – the Eredivisie is very much an under-celebrated league in that regard. Yet, there are a few players within them who shone in 2019/20, and will be targeted as cost-effective signings by top clubs in the next transfer window.
Alkmaar-based club AZ may not be part of the traditional elite over in Holland, but they went point for point with Ajax before the recent moratorium on Dutch top-flight football. The Alkmaarders looked set to challenge for the league title, and Boadu was perhaps the prime reason for their lofty position.
Impressively, Boadu averaged 1.17 goals per-match (14 in total) across his 12 goalscoring league games in 2019/20, with the last of his season goals being the opener in AZ’s 2-0 win at champions Ajax. Notably, exactly half of Boadu’s league goals in 2019/20 (shown below) proved to be decisive in victory, further adding to his already lethal reputation amongst teammates.
Is Inter a good fit for Boadu?
It will be difficult for Boadu to get a regular starting berth at Inter. While the ‘Nerazurri’ should be worthy title contenders in the next full Serie A season, they will need a player with healthy measures of stamina and skill to play with more consistency, despite their great home form.
Ahead of their postponed March fixture with Sampdoria, Inter Milan had gone unbeaten in eight league matches on home turf, but winning only 50% of the time. In a curious twist, three of those four wins saw Inter win one half and lose the other. That further underlines Inter’s need for great depth, despite already boasting an array of great players.
In terms of nailing down a starting berth at Inter immediately, Boadu might fare better at his likeliest suitors; namely Ajax. However, the appeal of the Eredivisie could well be shortlived for Boadu at Ajax if his raw talent reflects his inner ambition.
The Amsterdam club may be kings in their own country, but harbour precious little realistic hope of repeating the European triumphs of the 1970s. As such, the joy he could experience there is finite by design, making the Italian top flight – amongst others away from Holland – a much better prospect for him.