Emilie Haavi has taken no time at all to settle in at Roma after joining the Giallorosse in December 2021.
The Norwegian attacking midfielder is making an immediate impact unlike any previous mid-season arrival, save for January 2021 addition Elena Linari at the back.
Haavi has reached a goal tally of five not even two months after she signed on the dotted line. Considering this is her first experience of Italian football, too, her form has been impressive.
The goals have also been supplemented by some assists for her teammates, usually from a wide midfield position. She has often interchanged her role with the club’s record scorer Annamaria Serturini, switching between either flank.
On Sunday 13th February, Haavi started as a winger on the left-hand side in Serturini’s absence against Como, scoring in the 2-1 win. She ironically quipped after the game that all the pasta and cheese must be doing her some good – and the proof has been in the pudding, so to speak.
Here are five facts to emphasise Haavi’s instant impact in Italy.
Joint quickest Roma Women player to reach five goals
Haavi has reached the minor landmark of five Roma goals within just seven appearances – something only Paloma Lazaro had managed before her for the club.
Becoming the 15th player in Giallorosse history to get halfway to double figures, she has done so at an impressively fast rate.
Lazaro edged her in terms of the minutes taken to reach the feat, getting there in 223 minutes of action as opposed to Haavi’s 380.
But in terms of appearances, matching Lazaro’s memorable early start is all the more impressive considering, unlike the Spaniard, Haavi is not a centre-forward and had not played in Italy before.
Two goals from two starts in the Coppa Italia for Emilie Haavi
Haavi’s fifth goal for Roma came in the Coppa Italia against Como. After scoring in the first leg of the quarter-final, she followed it up in the second.
The Norwegian is one of 11 Giallorosse players to have scored on their first Coppa Italia appearance for the club (a list that also includes Roma’s three highest scorers of all time, so she is following in good footsteps). Seven of those players, including Haavi, had never played in the competition before even for other clubs.
In addition, she has become the fifth Roma player to have scored in both legs of any Coppa Italia Femminile knockout tie. True, playing against a Serie B opponent was a simple introduction to the competition, but Haavi still had to make it count and did.
Three from three starts in Serie AEmbed from Getty Images
And it is not just in the cup that she has been impressing. Indeed, she has also shown herself to be capable of scoring against Serie A opponents.
From her first three starts in the Italian top-flight, she has scored as many goals. That included a winner against Napoli (her first goal for the club) and a brace against Pomigliano.
Four-game scoring streak
Her adaptability across both competitions means she has managed to score in four consecutive games. The only longer scoring streak in the club’s history was by Andressa Alves in the early winter months of 2021.
Like Haavi, Andressa’s goals were crucial in a cup run as well as the league. The task now is for both to keep helping Roma on each front.
Emilie Haavi: Roma’s highest-scoring mid-season signing
In the bigger picture, Haavi has already set a club record of her own. Although there is not much competition, she has become the mid-season signing with the most goals in Roma Women history.
Defender Allyson Swaby, who joined a couple of months after the club’s foundation, previously set that benchmark with four goals across her three-and-a-bit years with Roma. Understandably as a player of a more advanced position, Haavi has overtaken her – but doing so in just under two months is still astonishing.
The 29-year-old has made an emphatically positive first impression at Roma. Without a doubt, the decision for player and club to join forces is quickly becoming justified.
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