Former Roma player Patrick Schick – currently Bundesliga’s leading scorer with 18 goals – was recently interviewed by The Independent and specifically asked about his journey from Serie A to Germany’s top flight.
The 25-year-old attacker spoke of his struggles in his two years in the Italian capital following a failed transfer to Juventus and before finding a new home at Bayern Leverkusen and fulfilling his much talked about potential.
“It was the hardest period of my career. Everywhere I’d been, I had always scored goals,” he said.
“It was a new experience for me and [looking back] there are definitely some things I would like to do differently. For example, when I signed for Roma I was injured but, because I came for a lot of money, I wanted to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
“I started to train and play earlier than I should have and that brought me a lot of problems. I knew my quality, I still believed in myself, but the circumstances weren’t the best for me and I knew for my career I had to make a change.”
“But I’m not worried about what could happen in the future [if I lost form again] because I know it made me a better player.”
The Czech international struggled mightily under former Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco scoring only 8 goals and finishing with 3 assists in 58 appearances across all competitions for the Giallorossi from 2017 to 2019.