Darboe expected to start vs Zorya Luhansk & Torino

Roma’s emergency in the midfield with Cristante and Villar sidelined with COVID-19 and Veretout deemed unavailable for Sunday’s league game is pressuring Jose Mourinho come up with an alternative game-plan.

According to Corriere dello Sport, The Special One is willing to bet on Ebrima Darboe.

The former 20-year-old Primavera player is expected to start in the Conference League as well as in Serie A this coming weekend.

Mourinho wants to play him in front of the defense in a 3-5-2 formation (that turns into a 3-4-1-2 with Mkhitaryan racing behind the strikers) and considers the youngster ready to take on a more significant role in the team.

On Monday, the Portuguese manager reportedly attended the Primavera game vs Bologna accompanied by Felix Afena-Gyan and Ebrima Darboe – two talented youngsters on whom Mourinho is willing to bet on.