Mattia Destro's off again, on again move to Milan is indicative of the way Roma have been handling the player during his short tenure in the capital. The Italian has been en vogue – especially last season – and out of favour with alarming regularity this campaign.
It's no wonder the player himself has grown disillusioned with his role at the club and has demanded to be shown more faith with the threat of otherwise going elsewhere to be a protagonist again. With a more than adequate scoring rate in the chances he has had this season, it is extremely disconcerting to Giallorosso fans that the club has agreed, in principle, to his transfer to Milan, despite well-publicised issues up front.
Destro's potential sale would leave a gaping hole up top that Francesco Totti and Marco Borriello would have to fill. Luiz Adriano has been mentioned strongly in the media as the forward to replace the potential outgoing Ascoli native, but those negotiations are less than certain. Which then begs the question, why would Roma sanction dealing Destro without a guaranteed ready-made replacement?
The Giallorossi thought enough about the 23-year-old's talent when they invested around €16m in the striker in 2013. It was believed Roma had finally found a forward that had the potential to score 20-25 goals a season, something the club had arguably been striving for since Gabriel Batistuta.
An initial struggle ensued however, with Destro suffering a long-term injury that saw him miss a large chunk of last season. Upon returning from the layoff, the Italian seemed to repay the club's faith with a magnificent 13 goals in 20 games to help secure a return to Champions League football for the Capital outfit.
This season, Coach Rudi Garcia has repeatedly stated his desire to see Destro remain at the Olimpico and bel99真钱ieves he has an important part to play in the remainder of Roma's campaign. However, in spite of five goals in eight starts this season, the former Inter youth product hasn't been afforded Garcia's faith to lead the line, with an over-reliance on Totti blighting his development.
Roma's decidedly average form in 2015 would suggest something new is needed at the Olimpico. Without Gervinho in the side due to international commitments, the usual ploy of having Totti drop deep to collect the ball and leave space for the wingers to run into hasn't had the desired effect.
Garcia, knowing his side's deficiencies in this area, has subtly shifted to a 4-3-1-2 at times during games, with Destro partnering Juan Iturbe, and Adem Ljajic operating in the hole. This system allowed the Giallorossi to have a reference pointbbin注册自动送白菜 up front and gave an added impetus, especially in the fine second half display against Fiorentina last week.
So it is surprising that Roma are ready to offload Destro this month, despite his increased minutes on the field in recent games. It would seem to hinge on whether the Lupi can bring in another striker this window, as the club would struggle to get by without adequate bac银河棋牌kup.
Mattia Destro’s departure could represent a missed opportunity for a club striving for a potent goal-scorer. Destro might just be the answer, but a lack of faith in him could be a potentially costly error.