As we are less than half a month away from the January 2016 transfer market opening, Roma and Walter Sabatini will be evaluating their options. Although there are many players which have been linked, and every tabloid and radio announcer has their own opinion on what Roma needs, here are two forwards which would immediately help cover Edin Džeko and il capitano.:
FIFA Club World Cup 2006. Serie A 2010-11. Italian Supercup 2011. FIFA Confederations Cup 2009. Just some of the honours which have graced Alexandre Pato.
Coming from a poverty stricken family in Sao Paulo, his father worked tirelessly to provide food and shelter for his family. Sacrificing his comfort at the young age of 11, Pato left home, on his road to professional life. At age 17, he made the move to A.C. Milan, becoming “the next big thing,” alongside his hero, Ronaldo, and fellow countryman Thiago Silva. Oh, don’t forget Ibra… and Seedorf… and Pirlo… the list goes on. Though in 2011, Pato’s body caught up with him, as so often does when young players are overplayed. His performances reflected his condition, accumulating 14 injuries in one season; 11 of them being muscular. Pato returned home to nurse his body back to health; and it worked.
By 2013, he was back home, employed by Corinthians. In Brazil’s 2013 season, he made 17 starts (13 substitutions), and scored nine goals with four assists.In the 2014 season, his health was remarkable: 23 starts, eight goals, and three assists. That is a hell of a recovery.
This past 2015 season he stayed in Sao Paulo, regaining the limelight in world football: 29 starts, ten goals, five assists, and five Man of the Match awards from whoscored.com. I That is 59 games and 26 goals for his hometown club.
Now, it seems Pato is ready to make his return to Europe. In a recent interview, he stated,
“I want to write a new story in Europe, to make a new history. I want to come to win the championship and play again in the Champions League. I have dreams again. I want to create this new story, a good new story.”
Although it is said that the upper echelon of Premier League clubs are interested in him, if the heaviest of heavyweights stay out of the picture, then Roma could surely be able to tempt him back to the peninsula. If the wolf bites for this duck, the “goals for” column will rise.
Another viable, possibly more realistic option is the young centerforward who started his career in Atalanta. After rising to prominence and being signed by Juventus, Manolo Gabbiadini was later sold in a co-ownership to Sampdoria, before being picked up last season by Napoli.
Gabbiadini could be the answer. In just four starts, only one of which was in Serie A, Manolo has scored four times and made two assists. In 22 starts last season between Sampdoria and Napoli, he scored 17 and assisted four. Still just 24, his best years are ahead of the young man, who measures at 1.81 meters. His stats are truly remarkable, and his ability to build-up the play is something Roma will need, as Totti tries to regain fitness, and Dzeko needs rest. If it truly is possible to buy him from the donkeys, and the player wills it, then the opportunity is one which must be grasped.