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If there’s one thing you can guarantee from Roma this season, it’s goals.
In the 23 league matches Roma have been involved in so far in this campaign, 93 goals have been scored, with 49 of them going in the right end for the Giallorossi, compared to 36 at the same stage last season.
Their average of 2.13 goals scored per game is the league high, while they’ve notched four goals in one game on more occasions than any other side in the Serie A—an impressive four times.
You just can’t help but wonder where Roma would be if it weren’t for Zeman’s insistence in sticking with his beloved 4-3-3 for so long.
Roma’s forceful prowess in front of goal is as much about the great form of their strike force than it is about Zeman’s setup.
Big money Luis Enrique signings, Pablo Osvaldo and Erik Lamela, have finally come good with some impressive performances, notching 11 and 10 goals respectively.
Francesco Totti remains a Roma stalwart, contributing eight goals so far this season, proving that the aging playmaker still has a lot to offer his hometown club.
The only real disappointment up front for Roma has come in the form of Mattia Destro. Signed by Zeman as a replacement for the outgoing, Liverpool bound, Fabio Borini; the Italian youngster has struggled to impress in his limited opportunities so far.
Destro has merely flirted with the first team so far this season, grabbing a mediocre four goals from 16 appearances.
This season could be a disaster for Destro, as a knee injury suffered in Roma’s 2-1 Italian Cup semi-final win over Inter Milan will require surgery, keeping him out for two months—further limiting his first-team chances.
However, as the old saying goes: When one window closes, another door opens. So just as the transfer window was slammed shut, a slight breeze wafts across the room and blows a door open, right at the feet of Nico Lopez.
19-year-old Lopez made his first team debut earlier this season, grabbing an important last-minute equaliser against Catania—then seemingly disappeared. He re-emerged recently at the South American Youth Championship, where he finished top scorer with six goals.
With Destro out, Lopez could well return to Roma with a first team place up for grabs.