If you’re a fan of Italian football, you’ve no doubt been keeping a close eye on AS Roma’s recent performances under new manager Daniele De Rossi.
The former midfielder took the helm last month after the club opted to split with Jose Mourinho following a string of poor results and performances.
With the team’s inability to live up to expectations so far this season, many are wondering whether the Giallorossi will hit the reset button this summer and embark on a significant rebuild.
But is such a drastic overhaul necessary? Let’s dive in and explore.
The Current State of Affairs: A Mixed Bag of Results
First things first, let’s look at where things currently stand for Roma. Like the previous two seasons, the capital club have experienced a fair share of ups and down in the 2023/24 campaign. While they’ve shown flashes of brilliance and enjoyed some memorable victories, such as their 2-1 win over Napoli in December—they’ve also been plagued by inconsistency.
Roma began the season with just one win in their first six Serie A fixtures, dropping points against the likes of Salernitana, Hellas Verona, and Genoa. As the season progressed, these inconsistencies continued and ultimately cost Mourinho his job when president Dan Friedkin announced his dismissal in mid-January,
With Mourinho’s tenure complete, his successor Daniele De Rossi guided the team to wins in his first three matches in charge before they falling 4-2 to league leaders Inter this past weekend. They find themselves four points behind the fourth and final Champions League place—currently occupied by Atalanta.
The squad’s limitations have been on full display throughout the season. The lack of quality in key positions, including goalkeeper, and depth has led to many questions being raised about Roma’s ability to compete for silverware.
On top of that, the recent departure of transfer chief Tiago Pinto could signal the capital club are prepared for an overhaul this summer.
Identifying Areas for Improvement: Where Does Roma Need to Strengthen?
So, what are the areas where Roma could stand to improve? Well, for starters, the swift decline of veteran goalkeeper Rui Patricio has been a major problem. The former Wolves shot-stopper has gone from a reliable presence between the posts to unpredictable.
Though, he hasn’t been helped by Roma’s error-prone defence that currently boasts the worst defensive stats of teams in the top-half of the league. There’s also a clear lack of depth in the midfield and attack, which has been carried by Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala.
The team has also been hampered by injuries to key figures such as Chris Smalling, Tammy Abraham, and summer transfer arrival Renato Sanches.
The Challenges of Rebuilding: Potential Roadblocks and Pitfalls
Of course, embarking on a significant rebuild is easier said than done. Roma will need to navigate a number of challenges and potential roadblocks along the way, including financial constraints, competition from other clubs in the transfer market, and the need to integrate new signings into the squad quickly and effectively.
Additionally, there’s always a risk that a rebuild could disrupt team chemistry and cohesion, leading to further instability and inconsistency on the field. Finding the right balance between making necessary changes and maintaining continuity will be key for Roma as they look to navigate the rebuilding process.
The question of whether Roma should begin a significant rebuild in the summer is a complex one that doesn’t have a straightforward answer. While there are certainly areas where Roma could stand to improve and reinforcements may be necessary, there’s also value in continuity and patience.
Ultimately, Roma will need to strike a balance between addressing their weaknesses and building on their strengths, while also being mindful of the challenges and risks that come with a rebuild. With careful planning, smart recruitment, and a bit of luck, Roma can position themselves for success in the seasons to come. Whether they choose to embark on a significant rebuild or opt for a more measured approach, one thing’s for sure—Roma’s future promises to be an intriguing journey.