Roma Examining Switching Their Starting Goalkeeper

Roma are weighing a permanent change between the sticks, but not through the transfer market, as Rui Patricio might be benched in favor of Mile Svilar. The goalie didn’t read properly a long-range attempt by Michael Folorunsho against Verona, adding to his list of errors.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Daniele De Rossi and his staff are thinking about switching things up. José Mourinho did it in his last game against Milan. The youngster wasn’t particularly great in San Siro.

Unlike in his previous Roma seasons, Svilar has played over Patricio in the Europa League. He has kept three clean sheets in six games. He has collected eight total appearances and has been beaten eight times. The Giallorossi signed him for free from Benfica in the summer of 2022.

The capital club might welcome back Chris Smalling relatively soon. He has resumed training in a limited capacity and could be ready for one of the two matches against Feyenoord in February, Il Messaggero informs.

Our Take on Roma, Patricio, and Svilar

The former hasn’t been blunder-prone as in the past, but they’d likely sign a new goalie if they had the money. He’s most likely not long for them since his contract runs out in June. Perhaps not right away, but giving the talent a few starts in Serie A would better inform them about whether he could be the choice for the future or if they have to look elsewhere. He hasn’t impressed so far.

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