Saturday September 26 2020
Dzeko better off staying at Roma

Perhaps it’s time Edin Dzeko accepts his fate is to remain at Roma and Lee Bushe believes it’s a better outcome for all concerned.

One lesson that footballers tend to learn the hard way is that the grass isn’t necessarily always greener on the other side. Take Alexis Sanchez, for example. In January 2018, he left Arsenal - where he was the star of the show and one of the Premier League’s best players - for Manchester United, where his stock dramatically decreased. Sanchez, now at Inter, spoke recently of how he regretted leaving Arsenal as soon as he started training at Carrington.

Roma’s Edin Dzeko could do with reminding himself of Sanchez’s story. For two seasons in a row now, Dzeko has seen a potential move to a bigger club collapse at the last hurdle. Last year, it was Inter, this time Juventus.

Like Sanchez at Arsenal, Dzeko is the star of the show at his club. In fact, if anything, Roma are a little too dependent on him and there is a feeling that he was carrying the team at points last season. He would’ve likely been relegated to a supporting role had one of his moves gone through, playing second fiddle to one of Romelu Lukaku or Cristiano Ronaldo. He might not have even been a guaranteed starter.

Dzeko probably knew that. Look at it from his perspective. He’s not getting any younger and has been with Roma for five years, with zero silverware to show for it, and no expectation that they’ll be winning any in the near future. The 34-year-old probably saw a move to one of Inter or Juventus as his last chance to win a Scudetto, or at the very least a Coppa Italia. 

At what cost would he have won that silverware, though? Dzeko’s primary job is to bang them in, week in, week out. And he’s very good at it. But at Juventus, that’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s job and no one’s taking that away from him. Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata would complement Ronaldo far better than Dzeko would. On that basis, Juventus and Dzeko may have turned out to be an odd fit, and the Bosnian might’ve found himself on the trash heap like Gonzalo Higuain one year down the line.

Considering this possibility, Dzeko staying at Roma is probably for the best. He might not win a trophy, but he’ll be the first name on that team sheet for at least a couple more years, not to mention that his family are reported to be very settled in Rome.

It’s also the best possible outcome for Roma. They get to keep their captain and best player and buy themselves time to gradually reduce their reliance on him. Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik would have been a decent replacement, but it’s difficult to imagine him having the same kind of impact as Dzeko.

Hopefully, Dzeko will see these failed moves as a sign that his future lies in Rome. As Roma transition into a new era under Dan Friedkin, it’s important that the club isn’t destabilised; losing their talisman and captain might have done that. Dzeko also deserves - after spending his peak years living under Sergio Aguero’s shadow at Manchester City - to continue being the star of the show at Roma. 

Have your say...
I agree. I also think Dzeko would have been discarded after 1 season and left without a club at 35/36. It would only be MLS then for him, or he can be like playing for Hellas or Cagliari to finish out his career. With Roma, he can be director etc. The club loves him.
on the 1st October, 2020 at 5:50pm
Just daydreaming a bit:


Mancini Manolas Romagnoli

Peres Marquinos Pjanic Kolarov

Salah Džeko Zaniolo
on the 30th September, 2020 at 10:25pm
I'm patient, but not naive --Friedkin continues where Pallotta left. Nothing has changed.

The new owners said that best players WON'T leave...
--Well, Kolarov, Under, Smalling aren't here anymore & Dzeko only stayed because of a divine intervention!

While everyone is improving, Roma has weakened... --AND THEY WERE FIFTH LAST SEASON!

If this continues, the worst is still to come: by next year some brainless Roma Ultras will start hanging shameful anti sematic banners against Dan & Ryan.
on the 29th September, 2020 at 2:31am
You are obviously a great fan of AS Roma, but as the expression says "Rome wasn't built in a day". Give the owners a chance to get their feet wet and build a contender, it doesn't happen overnight and above all changing the psychology of a team to become not only challengers but champions takes time and leadership. Often teams that are less successful financially can compete with strong coaching and management. I believe the owners know they have a marketable club, attractting players
on the 28th September, 2020 at 8:53pm

Look at club revenues:

Why is Roma continuing to shoot themselves??
They are ruining EVERYTHING they build so hard in previous years!!!


Stop buying multiple useless players for one position --instead purchase one proven player.
Stop strengthening your Serie A rivals --that's a DOUBLE regression!
Stop lying to your fans & repelling them away!
on the 28th September, 2020 at 7:52pm
NOTHING to add, NONE to take away!
PERFECT text - it said everything using the perfect words, so that EVERYONE would understand!
on the 28th September, 2020 at 7:21pm
...Or you can take a SLOW but steady approach, build the team progressively; Sell your best players & buy perspective youngsters ...mold them into superstars for other teams to enjoy.
You sell jerseys with "Diawara" & "Cristante"...

It's obvious Friedkin took Pallotta's approach.
Well, good luck with that!
If Milan gets to CL, THREE CL spots will be locked! (& Serie A reverts back to pre-Calciopoli for a long time.)

If Roma wants to be a "big club" they must EMULATE "BIG CLUBS"!!!
on the 28th September, 2020 at 7:13pm
2. Friedkin should take a chance & go all-in for a CL place.
Roma, still being in second CL pot, would have guaranteed progress from group stage, --so at least 60 mil every season!

You can go all-in (as Inter did), build a competitive team/ hype INSTANTLY & then pay it off from team's achievements, CL participation, selling jerseys, filling stadiums...
(In this case you DON'T sell your best players & each year only add 1 or 2 guys that IMPROVE the team.
Fans can buy "Salah" jerseys, etc...)
on the 28th September, 2020 at 6:09pm

I don't agree with you on Friedkin.

When a new ownership buys a club they have more freedom with FFP from FIFA.
Look how much Milan & Inter spent when Li & Zhang bought their clubs!
(It didn't go well for Milan because they didn't have a right coach, but that's not the point...)

Imagine Roma spending 100/ 200 mil on 3-4 new players. --Even with numbskull Fonseca they'd 90% get a CL place!

If you want to be one third of a club Juve, Bayern, Liverpool are, you need CONSTANT CL!!!
on the 28th September, 2020 at 5:14pm
The Freidkin group did not buy Roma to play second fiddle to the Northern giants.
They have an international marketing outlook that seeks to bring Roma on par not only with Juve but also the giants of Europe. Building a truly competetive team and a new stadium will take time but they have deep pockets and hopefully more patience then Palotta dealing with Italian bureaucracy. Dzeko should be pleased he stayed, he would have been lost in the Juve shuffle often sitting unused and unhappy. Play on!
on the 28th September, 2020 at 1:32pm
(Just imagine how much could Dzeko's Roma iconography grow in 30-40 years!)

And that is my wish for Edin.
--ESPECIALLY to spite some ungrateful Roma fans who STILL disrespect him!
(Though I realistically expect that Dzeko will be sold in January...)

In the meantime, he'll maybe miss some sitters.., but DEFINITELY tie Roma on his back & drag the whole team to a much higher level!

Best regards to my friend INTERELLO, who's been missing me terribly in FI's LiveBlogs! ;)
on the 28th September, 2020 at 4:29am

I am sorry for Dzeko. He deserves Juventus/ trophies.

But looking at it with heart, he can gain something else: A LEGACY.

Edin already scored 106 goals for Roma, which is on par with Rodolfo Volk. ("Volk" means "Wolf" in Slovenian!)
Only Amadei (on 111 goals), Pruzzo (on 138) & Totti (on 307) scored more!
Dzeko also (wonderfully) captains Roma...

If he stays for another 3-4 years, he can become an iconic player for them
--Whenever someone will pick a "Roma's best 11", Dzeko will be there.
on the 28th September, 2020 at 3:48am

III. The way Roma is (badly) run, they lost as well:
Considering they would get 10/15 mil for a 34 year-old Dzeko, Milik would ultimately cost only 10 mil!
After three years they could sell Arek for 30/40 mil --I'm sure Roma gets instantly aroused by this thought!


I did.
And other ROMAntics like me.

(Actually, this will be my new nick: ROMAntic
--It fits perfectly with my traits & values, + it will finally stop people throwing Totti to my face in EVERY SINGLE BLOG!)
on the 28th September, 2020 at 3:16am
Never fear, United States of Totti's SEVEN POST are here (LOL):

I don't agree with writer at all:

I. Juve lost.
Edin > Morata!
Flanked by Dyb & CRon, Dzeko would fit extremely well at Juve.
He'd also offer something "different" in their attack.

II. Dzeko lost. He really wanted Juve.
With them he could win a Scudetto, Coppa, maybe even a CL (All the things he's missed).
He'd play with & befriend RONALDO! (Having Cristiano on your speed dial or have him attend your farewell game is so cool!)
on the 28th September, 2020 at 2:37am
Dzeko always played his role in Roma, he's a good striker. However, Roma is depending on him only to score. For the last 5 years, it is clear that Roma is missing strikers; when Dzeko is injured or who would help him through the season. Roma could have won the league twice if they had more strikers, in 2014 and 2017. Considering that Patrik Schick was very disappointing in his spell at Rome, and last season Kalinic not that good. I prefer to keep Dzeko and bring 2 more strikers to help him.
on the 27th September, 2020 at 6:59am
Roma is dead weight.
on the 27th September, 2020 at 12:02am
Dzeko has seen a potential move to a bigger club collapse at the last hurdle. Last year, it was Inter, this time Juventus.

on the 26th September, 2020 at 8:47pm
i can understand why roma would like to offload a 34 year old on a 5 million euro a year wage. Equally his goal return and assists are simply exceptional he is one of the best forwards in the league. than you add a relatively small fee for his sale and the lack of reasonably priced quality forwards in football at the moment it is a poor move. milik as a replacement is questionable he has been consistently injured since his napoli move. roma are better off keeping dzeko at least for one season.
on the 26th September, 2020 at 7:42pm
Two years in a row we have tried to off-load him. Inter in last summers mercato and now to 'Rube' in this one.

I just hope any arguments he had with Fonseca are not serious and after this summers fiasco will his heart be in it to 'really' play for us once more?

I am concerned because not only have we to worry about this but we haven't got a back-up for him atm so any injuries to him (although he's a guy who rarely does as he looks after himself) will really hurt the team in all fronts.
on the 26th September, 2020 at 3:25pm

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