Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic, despite playing for one of the most exciting young teams ever witnessed in German football, most times ended up at the peripheral side of activities.
His 42 match appearances in the two year stint he spent under the tutelage of current Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp – amidst stars like IkayGundogan, NuriSahin and Shinji Kagawa – was mostly doctored by substitute appearances
The Borussen won one Bundesliga and a DFB Pokal and all along the aforementioned stars were more involved than the Croatia international.
This was a player who was crowned the Belgian League’s player of the season in 2011 and managed to bag in 31 goals throughout his stay. Dortmund was supposed to be a higher platform on which he could showcase his value most importantly since the then coach took a special likeningto youths over experience. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t get much of the action.
It is without any shred of reasoning that the moment Wolfsburg came calling, he didn’t waste time in jumping at the chance of regular football. Two years on and he was on the move once more to Inter Milan.
At Inter fostering the club to their once familiar height and standard was supposed to be the job expected of him. Unfortunately the perpetual changing of managing guards plus seeminginstability of the club meant Croatian failed to achieve his dream.
The just concluded season showed Inter remain far from discovering its old self and with former Dortmund man clocking his prime at the age of 28, electing to sink with the Neazzurri’s drowning boat is the last thing he needs should he consider leaving a legacy he would be proud of when he hangs his boot.
He deserves better.