Position: Central Midfielder
Date of birth: Ferbruary 7th, 1997.
- Inter Milan
* Barella’s transfer to Inter was a record for the club. A record previously held by Christian Vieri and broken a few weeks later with Romelu Lukaku’s arrival from Manchester United.
Long range passes
Last summer, Inter happily splashed the cash for Nicolo on a loan deal with an obligation worth almost €50M (bonuses included). And rightly so, I might add. Barella has arguably been Inter’s best deal this season.
A constant performer that has within his first weeks confirmed that Borja Valero and Matias Vecino were to sit on the bench. The 23 years old came to Inter to start every game and there was no question about it.
During the course of this season, Nicolo has performed to higher standards than ever before in his short career. Linking up with Brozovic and Sensi, the trio formed a compact and homogeneous midfield that would help define Inter’s season.
Tireless. A perfect word to describe Barella.
His high stamina and outstanding physical capacities allow him to run all over the pitch for eternity. The highly promising Italian midfielder has been making a name for himself at Cagliari for a couple of years. Those who followed Serie A during that period knew what a hidden gem he was.
Nicolo Barella is a dynamic and polyvalent player. He can be the last man to stop a counter by himself as perfectly as he could start dribble down the center and open up the play with a short pass or a shot from distance.
You will not see him dictating the tempo and organizing the midfield, but Barella will always be that extra option for his teammates. Covering width and length of the pitch, he makes himself available to create solutions.
However, 56 yellow and 6 red cards are pretty high tallies when he’s only played 198 professional games. A rate of one yellow every four games, missing on average two to three games per season due to suspension. Moreover, Nicolo’s passion sometimes leads to aggressive interceptions and causes his team to concede fouls, from which some could have been avoided.
While it can be seen as a negative side, there is no doubt that Barella’s aggressivity comes from nothing but commitment and passion. Throughout his development, he has also improved his composure and makes less and less mistakes when tackling.
Once on the ball, he will do what’s best for the team and keep it as simple as possible. He is not the type to show off his skills or try complicated passes or tricks. A very straight forward and tactical player. He knows his role in the team and plays for the group. A team spirit much needed for a manager to make his tactics work.
Barella’s best skill remains his awareness of his own abilities. He will rarely do an extra move or try something he can’t do. If he shoots, it’s because he knows it has high chances of going in. And he does score bangers!
Check out this beauty:
If there is a player that defines the conventional box to box midfielder, it surely is Barella.
At a young age, he has already impressed at top level; scoring in the Champions League this season. Leading Inter’s ranks to have a better season than the past ones. He has been an instant impact and obvious upgrade to their midfield. A viable option that many club were keen to sign.
It is fair to say that his future seems bright and so does Italy’s!