I would wager that if we were able to somehow analyze what words or phrases have appeared on CdT most since our inception,“full-back" wouldn't be too far behind “Totti”, “De Rossi” or “Roma Happened.” For as much as we've sang Totti and De Rossi's praises in these spaces, we've spent almost as much time over the past eight seasons bemoaning Roma's inability to develop, recruit and/or retain...not even a top full-back...but simply a serviceable full-back. Someone who can simultaneously put in a decent cross and not completely fall apart on the defensive end. I know, tall task, right?

From Aleandro Rosi to Alessandro Florenzi to Marco Cassetti to Ivan Piris to Lucas Digne to John Arne Riise to Maicon to Bruno Peres to Davide Zappacosta to Jose Angel and even Rodrigo Taddei, Roma have seemingly tried anything and everything to solve their full-back woes.

There have certainly been some fleeting success stories in that list (Aleksandar Kolarov springs to mind, ditto Maicon for that one year) but Roma's perpetual search for a full-back has spilled into the summer of 2020, as the club has recently been connected to a pair of full-backs to provide depth and/or compete with Leonardo Spinazzola at the left wing-back spot.

Assuming Paulo Fonseca sticks with the 3-4-2-1 formation this season, and that Kolarov serves as the LCB in that formation, the Giallorossi will need someone to augment and possibly compete with Spinazzola for minutes at the left wing-back spot.