It only takes a few (very) good games for the headlines to turn your way. We’ve said it many times before and Rick Karsdorp is the latest giallorosso to exemplify that Romaverse truism. In just a matter of weeks, Karsdorp has gone from being written about as “fighting for his Roma career” to this morning’s headline, from ForzaRoma, that Karsdorp is now one half of Serie A’s most prolific assist-creating couple, together with teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

That’s a headline that’s equal parts convoluted, hilarious, and yet thoroughly well-deserved. Everyone likes a comeback story and, while last season’s was firmly owned by the rebirth of Bruno Peres, this season’s comeback hero Karsdorp is more spectacular in his eye for a final pass and exquisite delivery, not to mention the pace and the motor on him once Rick gets going. And yet Roma still have a problem: they lack a true alternative to share the burden with Rick Karsdorp down the flank.