I’m not going to bore you with a long introduction telling you about Stephen El Shaarawy’s past; that he had a great 2012/13 season at Milan, scoring 18 and assisting six times, and then fell-off once Balotelli started alongside him. Or that Milan’s joke-of-a-managment sold him because of recurring injuries, or that his time at Monaco wasn’t fruitful, even though he regained his health.

What I do want to tell you that the Italian Pharaoh is here, he has set ablaze, as hungry as the wolf to score a goal, become important in this team, fight for trophies, and reclaim his spot on the national team. It’s two games for him now and two goals.

The first one was a magic heel that sent Roma up 2-1 over Frosinone, setting the pace for Luciano Spalletti to grab his first win in his second Roma-tenure. Roma went onto win 3-1; an important piece of momentum, a glorious kick; his first shot for Roma was his first goal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sqQ3eEN440

Tonight’s (2/2/2016) match was a bit of a different story for Roma though. Much less comfortable after De Rossi’s substitution at 42′, Stephen was pegged a bit back, taking defensive responsibility. Even so, he has now averaged 3.5 shots per match. A perfect outlet.


No matter how oppressed Roma seemed tonight, Stephen didn’t give up. He was rewarded in the 94′, after a fantastic repossession , and run down the sideline by Perotti. This is a sign of good things to come; a new-look Roma with a new coach, new formation, and new attack is exactly what the doctor ordered. If Strootman can get back to full-fitness and the boys keep it up, this team is capable of… many great things (Jeremy Clarkson’s voice).