Roma Draw Up Plans to Shore Jose Mourinho’s Defense

Roma have had a less-than-ideal start to the 2023/24 season, sitting mid-table with 11 points after 8 matchdays. José Mourinho’s defense has not operated to the optimum levels it is capable of, pressing sporting director Tiago Pinto to perhaps seek some changes come winter.

As per latest reports from La Gazzetta dello Sport (via VoceGiallorossa), Roma have the urge to strengthen their backline, especially with center-back Evan N’Dicka set to leave for national team duties with Ivory Coast in light of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations starting in mid-January.

Chris Smalling, Diego Llorente, and Marash Kumbulla have all struggled with recurring fitness issues, prompting the Giallorossi to look elsewhere for reinforcements. Three names, according to the report, are strong contenders to arrive in the Italian capital, out of which Tottenham Hotspur mainstay Eric Dier is atop the list, having already experienced life under the Special One.

RB Salzburg’s Oumar Solet and Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah are the other two names Roma are keeping close tabs on.

Our Take on Roma Reinforcing Their Defense

A need of the hour, so to speak. Roma have conceded the joint-fourth most goals (12) so far in Serie A, alongside the likes of Udinese, Sassuolo, Genoa, and Lazio. Shaking up their defensive outlook is certainly required if they are to go far in the Europa League and domestically as well.

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