Inter Milan have confirmed the signing of Tommaso Rocchi from Lazio. The striker, who has played just three games for the biancocelesti this season, will join Inter on a three-year deal, until the end of June.
Rocchi, aged 35, has been with Lazio since 2004, scoring 82 goals for the club. Last season, under Edy Reja, he had 22 starts and five substitute appearances, scoring just six goals in the process. Vladimir Petković, however, has taken little shine to the veteran, preferring instead to start another elder, Miroslav Klose.
Apparently, however, the nerazzurri believe that Rocchi is the solution to their troubles up front. Inter haven't done too badly this season, scoring 30 goals thus far. But should Diego Milito, who has eight, or Antonio Cassano, with five, go down with injury, Inter's European dreams could be shattered.
Enter Rocchi, who will likely spend the majority of the remainder of the season on the bench. Apparently Andrea Stramaccioni is reluctant to give youngsters, such as Samuele Longo, currently on loan with Espanyol, the opportunity to prove their worth. Rocchi might be a decent band-aid, but he's certainly not the man who will save Inter from sinking. For Inter to truly be a title-contender once again, the club need to start thinking of long-term solutions, not short-term remedies.