What is supposed to be a very good defender is now also a skilled midfielder. Mancini is impressing Fonseca and the coach may confirm him in that role.
Sometimes things happen by chance. All Roma’s fans still remember when Totti began his spell as a pure striker. Since that moment, the legendary number 10 of the eternal city has delighted stadiums all over the world. What is happening with Gianluca Mancini may never have that magnitude but the Lupi are definitely benefiting from the talent of the former Atalanta man.
When asked about the performance of the Italy international, Paulo Fonseca seemed to be very impressed by Mancini and his ability to manage the ball in midfield. “With Mancini in that position, Spinazzola and Kolarov can be more offensive. With Gianluca [Mancini] we have a different balance. I’m very surprised by him. He is a great player with a great spirit,” said Fonseca to Roma TV right after today’s Serie A match Roma-AC Milan.
Gianluca Mancini may be one of the most important players in midfield as well. With Cristante, Diawara, and Pellegrini still out for a long time, Mancini could hone his quality in that sector of the pitch and he may become an irreplaceable midfielder.