With the new season approaching, Roma boss Paulo Fonseca will be trying to work out who his most important players are for the challenges ahead.
In his first season in charge, Fonseca guided Roma to fifth place in Serie A. This time, he will be hoping to see some improvements.
Roma’s squad has not changed much so far, with Aleksandar Kolarov the only player who made an appearance last season to have been sold to another team.
Mert Cetin and Daniel Fuzato have left on loan, while Davide Zappacosta, Nikola Kalinic and Chris Smalling have returned to their parent clubs.
But which players were most important for Roma last season?
After a similar feature before the league re-started, here are the final win percentages for every Roma player in 2019-20. As before, only Serie A games in which they started are taken into account.
30. Juan Jesus – 0%
Juan Jesus fell firmly down the pecking order in his fourth season at Roma. The only league game he started was the first match of the season, a 3-3 draw against Genoa.
29. Davide Zappacosta – 33.3%
Missing much of the campaign through injury, Davide Zappacosta’s loan spell from Chelsea did not go to plan. He didn’t start a game before lockdown, but managed three starts after the league’s return. Roma won just one of those games – the season finale against Juventus – and lost the other two.
28. Antonio Mirante – 40%
Antonio Mirante only started one game before the suspension of Serie A which Roma drew – but got some opportunities upon its return. Of the four games he started in the summer, Roma won two and lost two.
27. Diego Perotti – 40%
Injuries and competition for places meant Diego Perotti did not play as much in 2019-20. When he did, Roma’s form was mixed, with four wins, one draw and five defeats from his 10 league starts. Since he started more games than Mirante, he ranks more highly here.
26. Cengiz Under – 40%
Cengiz Under scored Roma’s first goal of the season, but later suffered due to injury, thus only starting 10 games. Roma won more than they lost (four in comparison to three), but also drew three times in those matches.
25. Davide Santon – 42.9%
Davide Santon didn’t make a single start after Serie A returned in June, leaving him stranded on seven for the season. Roma won three of those games, drew two and lost two.
24. Nicolò Zaniolo – 43.8%
Surprisingly the lowest player on this list who was a first team regular – except for the time he spent injured – Nicolò Zaniolo won seven of the 16 league games he started in 2019-20, also drawing five. Roma’s form suffered without him, still – only four of their 10 league defeats came in Zaniolo’s starts.
23. Leonardo Spinazzola – 44.4%
One of Roma’s most common starters after lockdown, Leonardo Spinazzola became first-choice left wing-back by the end of the season. Roma won just three of the 10 games he started before Serie A stopped, but won five of his eight starts after. In total, he also drew four games and lost six.
22. Bryan Cristante – 44.4%
Bryan Cristante had the same number of starts and wins as Spinazzola, but one more draw instead of a defeat, so just ends up above him on this list. Roma won four of his six starts after the resumption of the league.
21. Justin Kluivert – 47.4%
Justin Kluivert had a positive start to the season, winning more than half of his starts before lockdown. However, he didn’t really fit in when Fonseca changed Roma’s formation in July. Hence, he only started two games after lockdown – and lost them both. In total, he finished with nine wins, five draws and five defeats from his 19 starts across the season.
20. Alessandro Florenzi – 50%
Alessandro Florenzi started the season as Roma captain, but struggled to find continuity under Fonseca and left in January. By that point, he had still managed 12 starts – and won half of them. Of the others, he drew three and lost three.
19. Chris Smalling – 51.7%
No Roma player suffered more defeats from the Serie A games they started than Chris Smalling’s 10. However, his form was so good even when that of those around him wasn’t. Hence, he was always a regular starter, and won 15 of the 29 games he took to the field in from the first minute.
18. Lorenzo Pellegrini – 53.8%
Lorenzo Pellegrini’s form in the second part of the season wasn’t as good as it had been in the first, but Roma still did better when he was on the pitch. He won five of his eight starts after lockdown, to finish the season with 14 wins, five draws and seven losses from 26 starts.
17. Edin Dzeko – 54.8%
Like Smalling and Zaniolo, Dzeko appears lower on this list than one might expect – but purely because of the number of games he started. Dzeko was Roma’s most used outfield player, meaning he was on the pitch for a range of results. In total, he experienced 17 wins, five draws and nine defeats as a starter.
16. Gianluca Mancini – 54.8%
The only outfield player to start as many games as Dzeko won the same amount as him – but Gianluca Mancini drew one more and lost one fewer. Roma won two-thirds of their games after lockdown with Mancini in the starting lineup, with no player starting more games than the defender in that period.
15. Pau Lopez – 56.3%
Pau Lopez returned from injury after the break in the season to reclaim his role as number one goalkeeper. While his form was mixed, Roma only lost one of his seven starts after lockdown. In total, he ended the season with 32 starts (the most of any player in the squad), 18 wins, six draws and eight defeats.
14. Jordan Veretout – 56.7%
One of Roma’s standout players of the season, Jordan Veretout was one of just five players to make 30 Serie A starts for the club. He won 17 of them, drawing five and losing the other eight. Only two of those losses came after lockdown, a time in which he was in stellar form.
13. Federico Fazio – 57.1%
Federico Fazio started fewer games in 2019-20 than in his previous years with Roma, but managed to win more than he lost. Despite only starting three games in the summer, the defender concluded the campaign with eight wins, two draws and four defeats from 14 league starts.
12. Aleksandar Kolarov – 60%
Aleksandar Kolarov has now left Roma after losing his starting place to Spinazzola. In his third and final season with the club, Kolarov still managed to make 30 starts – winning 18 of them. Of draws and losses, he had six apiece.
11. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 62.5%
A new signing who took Roma to a new level, Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave confidence to those around him. His records before and after lockdown were identical – eight starts either side of the break, with each bringing five wins, one draw and two defeats. He was especially important towards the end of the season, as shown by the amount of gametime he enjoyed.
10. Nikola Kalinic – 66.7%
The first part of the season was difficult for loanee Nikola Kalinic, giving him just two league starts. He lost neither, though, with one win and one draw, and only suffered one defeat in the four games he started after lockdown, winning three. By that point, he had become much more confident.
9. Amadou Diawara – 68.4%
One of three players tied for the most starts after the resumption, Amadou Diawara enjoyed seven wins from nine in the summer. They added to the six wins he had earned earlier in the campaign, leaving him with 13 from 19 in total – as well as three draws and three losses.
8. Roger Ibañez – 71.4%
A January signing who came into his own at the end of the season, Roger Ibañez began to show promise over the summer months. Fonseca showed enough faith in the defender to give him seven starts. Ibañez only lost one of them, winning five and drawing one.
7. Bruno Peres – 75%
Bruno Peres’ reintegration at Roma after his return in January saw him work hard for redemption. He became Roma’s best option at right wing-back, starting nine games after lockdown, and in total won three-quarters of the 12 games he started. He also drew one and lost two.
6. Javier Pastore – 80%
Javier Pastore’s four starts before lockdown had all come in one block in the Autumn months, and he only managed one after the re-start. It was the first game back from the break, against Sampdoria.
5. Carles Perez – 80%
After his January arrival, Carles Perez had only featured from the bench in Serie A before the league was halted. When the league returned, though, he began to show his qualities – and like Pastore, he ended the season with four wins and one loss from five games. Perez ranks higher here because he won more games than Pastore when coming off the bench.
4. Riccardo Calafiori – 100%
Riccardo Calafiori made his debut for Roma in the last game of the league season, a win over Juventus. The young left-back impressed in that game, although he didn’t last the full 90 minutes.
3. Daniel Fuzato – 100%
Goalkeeper Daniel Fuzato also earned his first appearance in that game, and unlike Calafiori, was still on the pitch at the final whistle – which is why he ranks above him here. Fuzato had had to wait until the age of 23 for his first ever senior appearance at any club – but should get more out on loan this season.
2. Gonzalo Villar – 100%
One of the most exciting prospects Roma have, Gonzalo Villar started to make an impression after joining in January. He only started two games, but won them both – the last match before lockdown, against Cagliari, and the last one of the season against Juventus
1. Mert Cetin – 100%
Retaining his place at the top of the list from before the pause to the season by virtue of not starting a game after the resumption, Mert Cetin won both the games he started in 2019-20. In fact, Roma won every game Cetin featured in even as a substitute. He didn’t manage many appearances, but seemed to be the lucky charm when he was there.