Last night’s 1-1 draw at Marassi saw Roma putting in another unspirited performance, as Eusebio Di Francesco’s men continue their run of poor form. The Giallorossi were lucky to avoid a defeat, as Edin Dzeko proved once again how valuable he is for the side by equalising in stoppage time.
Roma’s tifosi hope the Bosnian striker’s goal will come as a wake-up call to the management, as director of sport Monchi confirmed that the club was considering an offer from Chelsea. It only temporarily put paid to rumours that just the official announcement of the transfer was missing.
The uncertainty over the situation was undoubtedly hurting Roma, as Di Francesco’s men are currently on a winless run of six consecutive games, three of which were defeats.
Finishing in the top four is a must for the Giallorossi, as missing on Champions League football next season would be disastrous for the club’s project and ambitions. Getting over €30m for an almost 32-year-old player could be considered a good deal from a financial point of view, but losing Dzeko in the last few days of this transfer window would be a huge blow, as this would not only put Roma’s domestic target at risk, but the continental one as well.
La Magica must take full advantage of the preferable draw in the Champions League Round of 16, as with all due respect, Shakhtar Donetsk is a beatable opponent. However, the odds for Roma to eliminate the Ukrainians and secure a top four spot domestically wouldn’t be looking good, if they sell the big Bosnian by the end of January. After all what is the point of fighting for a Champions League spot if you do not take advantage of the opportunities in that competition?
Some might disagree, but considering the circumstances and Roma’s current form, stealing a point from the Stadio Luigi Ferraris is actually something the team can build on. Yes, Roma looked toothless for big periods of the game and allowed Sampdoria to put them under pressure far too easily on more than one occasion, but it seems that after the clash in Genoa, Roma got something much more valuable than the point - clarity.
While the January transfer window is not over yet and keeping Dzeko doesn’t guarantee that the Giallorossi will reach their targets, it seems highly unlikely that the big man will be allowed to leave the Eternal City.
With no time left to get a proper replacement, losing a player of Dzeko’s calibre at this point of the campaign would be suicidal for Roma.