Federico Ricci, Roma’s 21 year old talent who is currently having a break out season with Crotone, 9 goals and 6 assists and has the Serie B side in 2nd place, a point behind 1st and is leading them to a promotion to Serie A.
This has led to a call up to the U21 Italy side, where he made his debut vs Ireland earlier this week. His performances with Crotone have also caught the eye of other clubs and Anderlecht in fact are reportedly ready to make an offer of €10m for the youngster. Roman born, it’s easy why many want him to stay. Homegrown talent is always the best talent. Today we tackle the question, what should Roma do with Federico Ricci?
Federico Ricci: “Following the path of Florenzi would be a dream. I hope I return to Roma.”
Those were the words of the young winger at the start of the season. He’s never been shy to show his desire to return to Roma and his current form gives him the chance to do so. For Ricci, he’s a product of the Roma youth academy and was given a promotion to the first team by at the time Roma coach Rudi Garcia in the 2013-14 season. His debut for Roma was a bench appearance when Roma were 1-0 down vs Atalanta in 2013, where his appearance helped Roma salvage a late 1-1 draw. For the Italian there has always been pressure, he came out of the Primavera looked at as one of Roma’s hottest prospects, and being from Rome even added on more pressure for him to succeed and there’s no questioning why he cannot reach stardom in Rome.
A Mini Scouting Report
He’s a very technically gifted attacker with a great eye for goal and he’s a great passer. He may not be that Salah-type guy with the crazy pace but he’s a very smart and intelligent player who knows the game well. He’s someone who hustles hard for his team. In his first start for Roma vs Genoa in 2014, the Italian played on the wing in a 4-3-3 and he completed all of his attempted 24 passes. He’s versatile as well, he’s become a regular winger for Crotone but he’s also been used in the middle and behind the striker as an attacking midfielder. Ricci can score and provide assists but for me it’s his overall game that makes him such a good player. He can effective even without scoring or grabbing an assist.
Federico Ricci in December: “I want to reach my personal goals & I hope to do it with Roma, as I’m a big Giallorossi fan.”
I don’t think there’s much that beats seeing a homegrown player have success with his hometown city. Federico Ricci has the desire to return to Roma and make history. He wants to follow in the footsteps of Totti, De Rossi and Florenzi and have a career at the club he grew up watching. What should Roma do with him? I think it’s simple, Roma should keep him. He’s without a doubt talented and he has the ability to succeed, now it’s up to Roma to give him the chance. As of now, Luciano Spalletti has blocked any possible transfer for him as he wants him to train with Roma this summer so he can get a good look at the Roman born talent, and something tells me it’s Luciano Spalletti who can turn Federico Ricci into a Roman star.