When Roma signed Daniel Fuzato back in the summer of 2018, I'm sure I wasn't the only one who greeted the move with a shoulder shrug and an ambivalent “okay.” But, fresh off successive seasons with stellar play between the sticks—first with Wojciech Szczesny and then Alisson Becker—my curiosity soon grew. After all, Roma's record with goalkeepers under Marco Savorani was second to none, so they clearly saw something in young Fuzato; enough to keep him on the first team for two years and enough to extend his contract earlier this summer.

But there was just one problem: he never played. While he taxied between the senior team and Primavera a few times over the past two years, Fuzato was essentially a passive intern; learning the job from afar while Robin Olsen, Antonio Mirante and Pau Lopez played the lion's share of minutes. In fact, it wasn't until Roma's Round 38 victory against Juventus that we saw Fuzato in the flesh.

With Pau Lopez's job seemingly in jeopardy, there was a chance—however slight it may have been—that Fuzato would seriously be considered for the starting gig in 2020-2021, but with only one appearance under his belt, that would have been a huge gamble.