Opinion

Which AS Roma Players Could Bring Future Victories?

AS Roma's Andrea Belotti (L) and AS Roma's coach Jose Mourinho reacts during the UEFA Europa League first leg quarter-final football match between Feyenoord Rotterdam and AS Roma at Feyenoord Stadion in Rotterdam on April 13, 2023. (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
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It’s a great time to be an AS Roma supporter. Guided by the legendary Jose Mourinho, the squad is preparing to take part in their second consecutive European final under the Special One, who arrived in May 2021.

In his first season with the club, Mourinho led the club to their first European trophy when they won the inaugural Europa Conference League. Now, in the 2022-23 season, he’s taken Roma to another European final—this time, the Europa League final.

The prospect of capturing back-to-back European titles would be a huge statement from the club and could be the start of another golden age for Roma.

Considering the various talents within the squad that are still young, the club’s future under the Special One is potentially very bright. So here’s a look at some of Roma’s best players who are expected to remain at the club for next season alongside Mourinho.

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Now, let’s dive into the strongest players Roma are expected to rely on next year in the 2023/24 campaign.

Tammy Abraham

After leaving Chelsea for Roma in 2021, most fans expected Abraham to do extremely well in Italy — and this has certainly been the case.

Since joining Roma, Abraham has been tearing up Serie A and redeeming his reputation after it was slightly damaged at Chelsea, scoring 25 league goals in his first 2 seasons.

Interestingly, Chelsea has a buy-back clause in Abraham’s Roma contract which will allow them to purchase Abraham back for £68 million if they decide to do so. With Chelsea desperately in need of a striker for the 2023-24 season, there’s every chance that this could happen. However, Abraham has stated that he loves working under Jose Mourinho, so it’s more likely that he’ll stay in Italy for now.

Chris Smalling

Although his contract expires at the end of this season, veteran defender Chris Smalling is reportedly closing in a new deal with the club. Widely regarded as one of the most underrated English defenders, the former Manchester United man has solidified himself as one of Serie A’s best at his position.

Since arriving in Italy, Smalling has solidified himself in the Roma starting 11 and can always be relied upon. And with the form he’s in, there’s even the potential for Smalling to get recalled to the England squad before EURO 2024.

Nicola Zalewski

The Polish international has been one of the many gems unearthed by Mourinho following his appointment. The fullback has proven extremely versatile with his ability to play comfortably on the right or left. His 32 league appearances are split evenly between the two flanks which helped the team deal with their abundance of injuries throughout the season.

Edoardo Bove

Another youngster unleashed by the Special One, the Italian recently grabbed headlines when he scored the lone goal in the Europa League semi-final tie between Roma and Bayer Leverkusen—sending them to the final.

Although very raw, Bove has shown enough quality to prove he’s ready for a bigger role within the team next season.

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