Thursday January 25 2018
Dzeko shows how Roma need him

Edin Dzeko’s late equaliser against Sampdoria only reiterated how much Roma need the Chelsea target, writes Vilizar Yakimov.

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.

Have your say...
He did the opposite yesterday as he was kinda awful missing chances and acting like he didn’t want to be there.
on the 29th January, 2018 at 3:02pm
It all depends on finding a suitable replacement who is 4 or 5 years younger, then fair enough..............
on the 27th January, 2018 at 3:10am
So who's going to replace him? Because there's really no one to replace him. Schick is not there yet and certainly wont be before the season ends. They face Shakhtar in the next CL round and there's talk of breaking up the team that got them there by also selling Nainggolan before playing this match? From a coaching perspective its a bad move and I can't imagine Monchi alone decides who to sell. That input has to come from Di Francesco. Perhaps I was wrong about Di Francesco and his capabilities
on the 26th January, 2018 at 9:32pm
@Nick Dzeko might be slow but he is still Roma’s leading scorer. Schick on the other hand seems like merely a super sub. At Sampdoria that is how it seemed. I cannot think of a decent Czech striker that could be keeping out this supposed superstar in the. making, who only has 4 caps. Even at the recent under 21s where Saul a midfielder scored 5 goals, what did he do? This is the guy you wanna rely on? He was good against Sampdoria but awful in others creating nothing. Not effective as a starter
on the 26th January, 2018 at 1:47pm
Without Dzeko, Roma will fight for survival...
on the 26th January, 2018 at 10:06am
Schick's fitness this year has been terrible. If you're comfortable gambling the entire season on a guy who's still developing and is injury prone then you're living in dreamland. A player who gets in goal scoring positions is going to miss chances, but it would be a mistake to assume a different player would be in the same position. They probably wouldn't be, and as such wouldn't have the chance to miss. Attack positioning is absolutely a skill, and Dzeko is pretty competent at it.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 10:53pm
These comments are hilarious. Schick dribbles around a couple players and has a nice flick or two and suddenly Dzeko is obsolete and is a burden on the team. Let me remind all of you he scored 36 total goals last season and is the team's top scorer with 13 this year. He's on pace to break the 20 goal mark two seasons in a row. Schick looks like he will be a great player and could well be way better than Edin, but taking that chance mid-season with UCL on the line would be a foolish mistake.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 10:48pm
on the 25th January, 2018 at 9:55pm
Sell him for 25, not 30 mill, but this summer =)
on the 25th January, 2018 at 9:53pm
The writer clearly doesn't watch Dzeko consistently if he thinks Roma needs him at all. Dzeko contributes zero nowadays and only scored last game thanks to an enormous blunder from the defender marking him. Dzeko didn't do a single thing all match.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 9:27pm
Dennisb - you saying that Schick misses the target??? at least he makes things happen in front of the box, (can even lead to fouls around the box eventually) as opposed to the slow Dzeko and 50% of the time losing the ball while waiting for the support around him so he can give the ball and move forward again...
on the 25th January, 2018 at 6:58pm
Gi-Al-Lorossi - Give Schick some playing time, make him get comfortable for lord sakes.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 6:54pm
Losing him would not be a big factor, I am sure Schick can do a better job.
Schick at least will run back and give support to build the play as oppose to Dzeko's Cherry picking mentality. The only reason he did well last season is because Salah was feeding him the ball on a silver platter to put in the ball. and most of the time in the box.
This is the harsh truth unfortunately.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 6:52pm
Losing Dzeko would be a big loss especially right now.So late in the market and too lose him right now makes no sense, we have a good chance to make it to the quarterfinal of the CL. Schick is not playing in his natural position but yesterday was his best performance to date in a roma shirt. Unfortunately we need to give defrel some time, even though i think roma over-paid for him, but in his defense he also just came back from injury. EDF needs to come up a plan B to get this team back on track
on the 25th January, 2018 at 4:57pm
Dzeko leaving shows just how weak Serie A still is... it cannot keep top flight players... stars start their careers there then leave at the first chance - save for Juve..

Sad.. It's going to take a lot of progressive minds with smart innovative ideas and a lot of courage to make Serie A great again... Hate to say it, but I am doubtful.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 2:53pm

Those are open headers that Schick & Defrel never seem to get on the end of. Finding chances is a talent in itself, and Dzeko does it even in a Roma team that are extremely short of creativity. Look at Inzaghi - yes he often missed chances, but his goalscoring record spoke for itself. If we think we can rely on Schick who has managed 1 goal so far this season we're kidding ourselves.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 2:22pm
I am sure as hell that the author did not watch the game, dzeko missed a sitter 2 mins in and then went missing the whole game to score an open header that any other professional footballer in the world wouldve scored..
on the 25th January, 2018 at 1:57pm
I need to clarify some things... - 1) I agree with people who disagree with the blog post. 2) Dzeko wasn't spirited, so WAS UNspirited, but the team played well - him not so much. Defrel also was again poor. Schick up front deserves a chance, but not enough and need cover for rest of season - including Champions League!
on the 25th January, 2018 at 1:48pm
Yeah, the header at the end proves we need him after he put in a 2/10 performance for the 90 minutes prior. We don't need him, he scores a goal every 8 chances, it's really not that impressive.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 12:13pm
Some people! Djeko may not be the best in the worl but your side will be lucky to be deemed to be a top 20:side so pls get some perspective.. He is your best source for goals. Shtik had probably his best game for Roma but how many times has he hit the target never mind scoring. Defrel ? pls don’t make me laugh. Pelegrininwas Roma’s best player and he was taken off. Monchi has been a disgrace They keep replacing their better players with cheap worse options.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 11:51am
Are you kidding me? Dzeko missed at least 3 clear cut chances before he was served a goal on a plate this game, the usual story. He is definitely a good player, but not good enough for a top serie A team in my opinion.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 11:39am
Rome do need at least 2 good strikers, and Schick hasn't produced the goods yet. Imagine them selling Dzeko and Schick getting injured, it's not like he is not injury-prone. Their season would be over.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 11:36am
"without getting any replacement?" we have Shick. He only needs play time and he will be much better than Dzeko.
32 year old and 30milj price tag, ciao ciao Dzeko, thanks for everything and have fun at premier league
on the 25th January, 2018 at 11:16am
The author never said Dzeko had the perfect game. It's true that Roma do need him right now. Or you prefer Roma to sell their main striker mid-season without getting any replacement?
on the 25th January, 2018 at 11:02am
Have to agree - 'unspirited'?! Maybe Dzeko himself wasn't (that chance where he didn't jump was especially annoying) but I don't even think that's true - the team played well. Maybe Dzeko being replaced with someone more suited to the overall tactics is what they need to start finally converting all their chances.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 10:51am
dude did u watch the game??????!!!! he missed more than 10 chances and not to forget the numerous shots that went to the crowd..he's not what roma needs..what roma needs is a clever playmaker such as pjanic..shick and defrel are more than enough..much faster and critical..
on the 25th January, 2018 at 10:44am
So u really didnt watch the game? Dzeko is not what we need, Shick was ten times better than Dzeko.
on the 25th January, 2018 at 10:19am

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