Welcome to our Andrea Pinamonti 2020/21 report card. As part of our post-season coverage, we’ll be dishing out grades and analyzing every Inter player’s season.
Games Played: 10 (1 start, 181 minutes)
What went right this season?
Pinamonti’s return to Inter last summer was more so a financial requirement than a sporting want, as his playing time indicated. Antonio Conte selected an out-of-position Ivan Perisic at striker rather than Pinamonti in games where the first choice attackers were unavailable and the 22-year-old was rarely called upon off the bench even when Romelu Lukaku was running on fumes. But thanks to securing the Scudetto on the first weekend of May, Pinamonti finally got a shot in the latter stage of the season. He made three appearances in the last four games as part of Conte’s heavy squad rotation. Getting to play at all was a big moment for the Italian and his performances didn’t disappoint either. Pinamonti is far from a vice-Lukaku but he certainly put himself in the shop window for mid-table clubs.
There’s only one correct answer here and it’s Pinamonti’s first-ever goal for Inter. Minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute against Sampdoria, Pinamonti slotted home Inter’s fourth of a 5-1 victory in the Nerazzurri’s first game as champions. He smoothly settled a Nicolo Barella chip and sent a half-volley into Emil Audero’s net.
What does he need to improve on?
While Pinamonti’s May cameos did show promise, he’s rough around the edges and not quite a finished product. The Italian lacks the polish and overall quality that the rest of Inter’s attacking corps have but without consistent playing time, it’s hard to paint a picture of Pinamonti’s full capabilities and potential.
What role will he play in 2021/22?
Pinamonti’s €2 million wage (€11,049 per minute of action) is far too high compared to his contributions and it’s hard to see him stick around in Appiano. Getting another team to pick up that salary on loan could be difficult and a permanent move away would be ideal. Just who will be signing him is a very open question, however. If Inter fails to offload Pinamonti this summer, perhaps Simone Inzaghi can better incorporate him into the squad over the course of the season than his predecessor.