Former Inter Milan GM Lele Oriali admits Marco Davide Faraoni's progress this season has surprised him.

The young fullback was snapped up by Oriali last year from Lazio's primavera setup and starred in last night's win over Genoa.

"Faraoni was a surprise to everyone, including me," confessed Oriali.

"I did not think he could fit in the team in this manner, also you must consider the difficult time that Inter is going through. Instead, this guy has shown that in this Inter he can hold his own."