Yet despite his undoubted potential, the attacker’s previous three cameos against Palermo, Empoli and Fiorentina yielded just 22 accumulative touches, leading Garcia to admit that nerves had got the better of the youngster. Impressively, none were in sight at the Sant’Elia just a week later.
After his baptism of fire at the weekend, Verde revealed his footballing idols were ‘Cristiano Ronaldo, and of course Francesco Totti’. He may grow up to resemble either legend one day, but whatever happens, his future looks green.
Was it genius or desperation on the Frenchman’s part? Critics were keen to see Garcia switch back to basics and adopt a 4-4-2 formation against the Rossoblu, but Verde’s inclusion ultimately proved an inspired choice as Roma scored their most goals in an away match since November.
Born in Naples, Verde started out as a left-back with local club Pigna Calcio until he was poached by Roma in 2010. It didn&rbbin真人视讯开户squo;t take long for then-youth Coach Vincenzo Montella to spot the teenager’s potential in a more advanced role and subsequently convert him into a forward.
He then allayed any fears of a Cagliari comeback, which was narrowly avoided after Paul-Joshg在线平台e M’Poku’s injury-time header, with another devastating ball into the box, this time from the left-hand side, as he picked out Leandro Paredes, who in turn fired another volley home at the far post. His performance earned him an impressive .
With just two wins since the turn of the year, Roma’s season appeared to be heading for the rocks. The loss of their most potent threat in the final third, Gervinho, to the Africa Cup of Nations may have been a setback, but it still didn’t excuse the rest of their stars from taking responsibility.
According to urban myth, Bruno Conti was made aware of Verde’s qualities at a Pigna Calcio match upon his arrival in Rome and, so impressed was he, that he brought the starlet to Trigoria right away. But in the case of Roma, for every World Cup-winning winger, there has also been a Stefano Guberti.
However, with the likes of Gervinho and new arrivals Seydou Doumbia and Victor Ibarbo set to establish themselves in the first team, Verde is expected to resume his development wi葡京赌王th the Primavera C until May, with the likely promise of a promotion next season.
Verde’s first contribution came on the cusp of half-time, in what he revealed to be a routine training move with Adem Ljajic after the match, delightfully scooping the ball over a statuesque Sardinian defence for the Serbian to make no mistake about with an equally-assured, volleyed finish.
Capable of playing on either flank, Verde’s engine allows him to bomb up and down the pitch, a particular trait which has enabled him to storm through the Primavera C category this term, with eight goals in as many domestic appearances, plus a further two in the UEFA Youth League.
Fast forward to Sunday, and the Giallorossi would face Cagliari without either of their first-choice widemen following Juan Iturbe’s recent injury. Eyebrows were then raised by the Lupi faithful when Rudi Garcia turned to 18-year-old Daniele Verde for a solution to their attacking deficiencies.