The talk over Roma’s dependence on Edin Dzeko is nothing new.
Regardless of his advancing years – he’ll be 35 earlier than the season is out – the Bosnian has constantly supplied the Giallorossi’s essential aim risk since arriving within the capital 4 years in the past.
Dzeko’s return has been spectacular, netting roughly a aim each second sport for the Lupi, however leaning on a star participant isn’t precisely a state of affairs distinctive to Roma: the identical might be stated for Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, Romelu Lukaku at Inter, Zlatan Ibrahimovic at AC Milan or Ciro Motionless at Lazio, for instance.
However with Borja Mayoral nonetheless needing time to settle within the Italian capital, there have been some nerves round how Paulo Fonseca’s facet would cope when Dzeko examined constructive for Covid-19 firstly of November.
Because it seems, there was no want to fret. The Roma talisman’s absence hasn’t been felt due to the spectacular type of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian is having a superb season, combining properly with Pedro Rodriguez in a free roaming function behind the striker. Till lately, he was enjoying the supplier because the 31-year-old notched 5 assists in his first eight video games.
However as quickly as Dzeko was out of the crew, firstly to be rested in opposition to Cluj earlier than his coronavirus prognosis made him unavailable for Serie A video games in opposition to Genoa and Parma, Mkhitaryan stepped as much as shoulder the extra duty of placing the ball within the internet.
His strike within the 5-0 Europa League win over the Romanians opened the floodgates, as the previous Arsenal man then went on to internet a hat-trick in opposition to the Grifone earlier than scoring an excellent double in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Parma.
A return of six targets in three video games can be admirable for a striker, however for a midfielder it’s sensational.
Mkhitaryan’s type shouldn’t come as an excessive amount of of a shock, although. His season on mortgage in Rome final time period was closely disrupted by harm, as he suffered two prolonged spells on the sidelines.
However when he did attain full health and began incomes common minutes, the indicators had been there that he may flourish in Serie A and the Armenian ended the marketing campaign with a more-than respectable tally of 9 targets and 5 assists.
In his first 30 video games for the membership, Mkhitaryan has been concerned in 23 targets – scoring 14 and establishing 9. Of the gamers to have debuted for Roma from 2004/05 onwards, no person has made a extra devastating impression.
It’s now beginning to appear to be the free switch that took the attacking midfielder from Arsenal to Rome might be the most effective offers of the summer season.
Roma’s entrance three of Dzeko, Pedro and Mkhitaryan might not precisely scream of future planning, however they’ve been ruthlessly environment friendly in entrance of aim and have to this point urged that the Lupi will probably be properly within the combine for the Champions League locations this season.
It’s value remembering that Roma’s solely ‘defeat’ to this point in 2020/21 was handed to them by the league physique due to an administrative error, after they did not take Amadou Diawara off the Below-23 record for the opening sport of the season.
Contemplating that sport completed as a 0-0 draw on the pitch, Fonseca’s facet are actually on a 16-match unbeaten run in Serie A stretching again to final season.
Nevertheless, an intriguing take a look at of the mettle of Fonseca’s crew is simply across the nook. To date this season the Lupi have solely confronted two of the standard huge groups, Juventus and Milan, and earned attracts in opposition to each of them.
Within the subsequent two weeks they face a visit to Napoli and a house conflict in opposition to high-flying, unbeaten Sassuolo. In between these matches they journey to Cluj within the Europa League and face Younger Boys at residence.
It’s a run of video games that can show a take a look at of Fonseca’s judgment of how greatest to rotate his squad – and guarantee Mkhitaryan is at full energy once they want him most.