Leandro Paredes has been a fixture of the formation for Roma thus far, especially because he has been one of the few midfielders who have avoided physical problems. Despite his ample game time, the Argentine has been unconvincing. He risks losing minutes in the upcoming matches, Il Messaggero relays (via Tuttomercatoweb).
José Mourinho could make some changes to the midfield if Lorenzo Pellegrini and Renato Sanches stay healthy, which hasn’t been the case yet. He could go with them and Bryan Cristante, who’s untouchable, to have more offensive punch.
Paredes will likely begin on the bench versus Udinese due to a late return from South America. The match between Argentina and Brazil will take place just two days before the next Serie A game.
The Special One asked Tiago Pinto for a deep-lying playmaker for two years. While the former PSG player possesses the right traits, his displays have left a lot to be desired. His arrival hasn’t impacted the quality of the team’s performances.
The Giallorossi paid just €2.5M, plus €2M add-ons, to sign him from PSG last summer. He’s contracted till 2025 with an option.
Our Take on Roma and Paredes
He hasn’t been great, but it’ll take a lot for Mourinho to move on from him. It’ll probably not even be a problem since Sanches seeing full minutes is a long shot. Moreover, having him and Cristante together unburdens their attackers from tracking back too much or frequently.
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