When Roma broke the bank for Patrik Schick three years ago—to the tune of a club record €42 million transfer fee—expectations were sky high. Fresh off a break through season with Sampdoria, Schick was arguably the hottest commodity on the transfer market in the summer of 2017, and certainly within Serie A. So when Schick failed his Juventus medical, Roma were quick to snap up the then 21-year-old Czech forward, arranging one of the more complicated transfer schemes we've seen in recent season; Roma only just paid the final €20 million owed to Sampdoria this past winter.
To say things didn't go according to plan for Roma and Schick is a gross understatement. Before spending the 2019-2020 season on loan with Red Bull Leipzig, Schick made only 58 appearances in all competitions for Roma between the summers of 2017 and 2019.
While that may seem like a lot of time on the pitch, the sum total of Shick's career in Roma amounts to only 3,037 minutes, or roughly what Aleksandar Kolarov—who arrived the same summer as Schick—logged in Serie A during 2017 alone. In addition to those 3,037 minutes, Roma received a grand total of eight goals and one assist in return for their €42 million.