Rumors linking Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Inter Milan is gaining momentum as the January window is set to open. Thus, it's important to know what kind of player might come to the San Siro grounds.
This season, the Armenian International forward has endured a rocky relationship with Man U manager Jose Mourinho which has led to rumors of a departure from Old Trafford. Although his time in England didn't go as plan, it doesn't take away from the talent he possesses.
In 13 games, the 28-year-old has one goal and five assists. Not terrible numbers for someone who is seeing limited playing time. Nonetheless, after two seasons with Man U, it appears as the Mkhitaryan could use a change of scenery.
As the rumor continues to gain steam, it could interest Inter supporters to see how productive he is. Overall, Mkhitaryan has regressed since joining the Premier League; however, he remains productive through the adversity. Using the 'per 90's metric, it will show Mkhitaryan's production despite his lack of playing time.
Last season Mkhitaryan saw the pitch for a total of 1,348 minutes; when it comes to this season, he's seen the field a total of 818 minutes.
When it comes to his goals scored per 90, Mkhitaryan averaged 0.27 and 0.11 in his two seasons with Man U, not exactly the best. However, his distribution of the ball has improved from last season where he put an average of 0.07 assist per 90 to 0.55 per 90.
Then there are other offensive statistics like chances created, pass completion, successful passes, and key passes. Using the per 90 metrics, Mkhitaryan averages two chances created, and key passes per 90 over the last two seasons; while his pass completion sits at 82%+ and had 40+ successful passes per 90.
Although these numbers aren't eye-popping, what makes Inter supporters salivating at the opportunity of joining the club is the hope of him rediscovering his Borussia Dortmund form.
At Dortmund, Mkhitaryan put together numbers that will have Inter supporters salivating if he can find that form. In his final season in Germany, he appeared in 31 Bundesliga matches and would register 11 goals and 15 assists.
With Inter in the midst of a tug-a-war for Serie A supremacy, Mkhitaryan could aid their cause. If Inter could work out a loan, perhaps Luciano Spalletti can give Mkhitaryan a new lease on life.
Now, where will Mkhitaryan fit in Spaletti's 4-2-3-1?
Mkhitaryan's fallout came due to lack of time on the pitch and playing in the wrong position. At Dortmund, he spent most of his time as an attacking midfielder, but can also play on the wing. Thus, he'd be suited playing next to or on the opposite side of Ivan Perisic.
If Inter does have their eyes set on Mkhitaryan, they'd have to proceed with caution. Adapting to a new league and country have become issues at Man U. Leaving England for Italy, is yet another adaptation Mkhitaryan will face.
Can he prove that he can adapt, proving critics and Jose Mourinho wrong? The January window should become an interesting one as Inter looks to bolster their lineup to compete with Juventus, AS Roma, and Napoli for Serie A.