Roma is still work in progress but the beginning of the season is just around the corner. Many things are not yet clear and fans are disappointed.
Will Paulo Fonseca get a great defender? Will the Portuguese coach have Dzeko available next season? Will Roma purchase a right-back and a left-winger to replace El Shaarawy?
Many doubts about the future create anxiety and discontent in the fans of the Giallorossi around the world. The fancy transfer market operations sealed by the other Italian sides are fueling disappointment as well.
Inter signed Godin, Barella, Sensi, Lukaku, and Conte. Juventus seems to be an unattainable entity doing business on a different planet. Napoli had the strength of keeping all its best players and added Kostas Manolas to a group that could do great things next season. Roma, instead, after purchasing a promising goalkeeper (Pau Lopez) and a few other talented players (Diawara, Veretout, Spinazzola, and Mancini) need experience and superior quality.
Gianluca Petrachi is working tirelessly to find the right pieces to shape a nice puzzle but his task is extremely difficult. The Giallorssi need to sell a few players before putting under contract other men. The Roma executives are carefully managing their resources with the goal of lowering high operating costs. This is the right way to do business in financial terms and the managers at Trigoria should be praised for that. But fans have always been more attracted to the business on the pitch.
There are so many things to be defined yet, but time is running out. The passionate supporters of the Giallorossi may feel that to see something great in the eternal city they have to wait eternally.
Paulo Fonseca is still waiting for a strong and experienced centre-back. The Portuguese coach has unveiled his desire to have a new defender already a couple of times. Petrachi is reportedly working on a few profiles with Daniele Rugani who may be the new target at this time.
The Roma-Dzeko-Inter saga seems to be as long as the Games of Thrones series. Fonseca counts on the Bosnian star who will be playing against Real Madrid today as well. But the future of the striker seems to be far away from the Italian capital. Antonio Conte is waiting for him in Milan.
El Shaarawy‘s departure to China left a gap on the left flank. Although Kluivert and Perotti can play there, the Argentine had several physical issues last season and he may not be consistently available next campaign too. Justin Kluivert, instead, wants to impress everyone but his competitive exuberance must be carefully regulated and wisely managed. A new winger could be the best choice to help the Portuguese coach perfect his super offensive tactical system.
Florenzi and Santon are the two players in charge of the right defensive side at this time. Reportedly, Roma is also chasing a new right-back, Hysaj. The Albanian is a young but already experienced master of that role who could add great value to the Lupi. But De Laurentiis is a tough seller. It will not be easy to convince the president of the Partenopei.
There is still much to do in the eternal city. Currently, Juventus, Inter, and Napoli seem to be much more ready than Roma. Petrachi needs to speed up the evolutionary process of the Giallorossi. The main objective of the Lupi is to qualify for the Champions League but Fonseca’s roster needs a little boost to be highly competitive for the fourth position.