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Ex-Magpie Along With Former Sunderland Midfielder Linked To Italian Giant

Serie A giants Roma are in the midst of an injury crisis in midfield. They currently have Amadou Diawara, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and Bryan Cristante out of action, leaving them in a bit of a lurch over the next couple of months.

This leaves just former Aston Villa man Jordan Veretout as their only option as a deeper-lying midfielder. Due to this, Roma are being linked with some unlikely free-agent candidates.

They currently have Liechtenstein international Marcel Buchel in on trial. But this morning, they brought in former Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell. Rodwell has reportedly passed a medical and will train at the club next week in the hopes of securing a contract.

The 28-year-old spent last year at Blackburn Rovers but only signed a one-year deal and left this past summer.

Rodwell is not the only former Premier League player linked with Roma.

Sport Witness have a report saying that former Newcastle midfielder has been offered to the Serie A club as an option as well.

Anita left Leeds this summer by mutual consent, even though he had a year remaining on the deal he signed in 2017 when he left Newcastle. Anita made only 22 appearances for the Championship club and spent last year on loan at Willem II.

He is currently training with the Ajax Academy, which is where he rose through the ranks before joining Newcastle in 2012.

Looking through the available defensive midfielders out there currently, there are not a lot of options. So we’ll see if Vurnon will end up getting the call for a trial at Roma. It would be quite a turn of events for the 30-year-old.

11 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Oct 26, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    They must be fairly stuck!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 26, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Have to admit to have a huge bucketful of schadenfreude at Southampton’s humiliation and a feeling of guilt as I was willing the tenth goal to be scored.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 26, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    25 Hours 43 Minutes to KO

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    I need KDB and Cancelo to rip Villa a new one 😮

  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s more likely that Jack Grealish will tear Cancelo a new one

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 26, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Was really dissapointed with the goal we conceded last week. IMO came as a direct effect of the 1st sub. If we were chasing the game then fair enough, but I would have been happy to hold on for the draw.
    Joelinton playing in a position with defensive responsibilities, with zero match time experience in that position. A tired Saintmaximim moved to the other side with different players to be aware of. Then Joelinton is fouled, but instead of getting up and getting on with his defensive responsibilities, he has a pointless whinge. This means the LB is pulled out of position, the LCB moves across to cover and the rest of the defence shift a across to cover. This leaves space on the far post to be exploited, and Saintmax failed to track his man and goal!
    TBF to Bruce, this was the most common type of goal we conceded under Rafa, with players failing to track far post runners.
    We may have still gone on to lose, but I believe without the sub, that goal at least would not have happened.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 26, 2019 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Other thing I noticed was, in the 2nd half, Matty would chase the deep man on the ball then Sean would move up the pitch too and Chelsea would exploit the space between defence and midfield. Under Rafa the wide forwards would move more central in these circumstances to cover the spaces, but against Chelsea they seemed to stay wide.
    This seemed to me to be a tactical shift by Lampard made at half time. If I can see this, why oh why can’t Brucie.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 26, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #8

    I take it from the photos, ayoze Perez has decided to keep his fingers in ear celebration after scoring.

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 26, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Although I like your team and pressing ideology you suggested on a previous thread, I think this is completely the wrong tactics against Wolves.
    I remember reading the Wolves fans opinions in the Mag last season, and a lot of them were bemoaning teams that came and sat back, as these were the teams that beat them. They liked teams that had a go, as Wolves are excellent on the break. Although I have not checked all the stats from games they played after the Europa, they have failed to win all of them apart from Man City away, who play a high pressing game and I’m sure we can all agree, do it much better than we could.
    It would be great if we could adjust to playing this way, but I have doubts about the tactical intelligence of our squad, meaning it would take some time before our players really understood their roles in this new system. And also I doubt Bruce really understands how to set a team up to play this way.
    I would love to see us play this way mind, but I suspect it would need a new, more ‘technical’ manager and some teething time, before we settled into successfully playing this way.

  • jane

    Oct 26, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #10

    yes against Wolves especially we need to play on the counter.

  • martoon

    Oct 26, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail good start – over 40 points from 4 players!


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