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Daniele Verde and the Transfer That Shouldn't Have Happened

The holidays are a time to relax, sit by the fire, and listen to your drunk uncle tell stories, so without further ado I invite everyone to gather around the CDT fire as I tell the tale of Daniele Verde and the transfer that shouldn't have happened...

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Get your eggnog ready: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a potentially great footballer named Daniele Verde was born. Just kidding, that's wayyy too far back (also, he was born in Naples).

One of the few bright spots in the second half of Roma's season last year was the emergence of starlet Daniele Verde. Despite bursting onto the scene with two assists in a 2-1 away win over Cagliari, it was still clear that he needed to be loaned out this season in order to grow. When last summer's Verde sweepstakes went down, there were many contestants, with Frosinone eventually winning out. The Serie A cellar dwellers haven't been a good fit for the primavera product though because manager Roberto Stellone prefers a 4-4-2 formation, which leaves Verde out in the cold as a winger.

Verde has played a grand total of 164 minutes for Frosinone this season, spread out over just seven appearances. Unsurprisingly, he's failed to make an impact on the pitch in his limited minutes. Consistent playing time is somewhat of a prerequisite for growth, which is why Roma should (and are) considering recalling Verde in January and loaning him out to a new club. The reported suitors for Verde are some of the same clubs that were courting him during the summer transfer window. Although Crotone, Cesena, and Pescara are all in Serie B and thus a step down in competition compared to Frosinone, they're all better clubs for Verde because of their playing styles.

Crotone would be a great potential landing spot for Verde, especially with fellow Roma loanee Federico Ricci already flourishing there in one of the wing positions. Not only would Verde earn more playing time, but he'd be able to build chemistry with Ricci, which could be beneficial in the future. While the new loan hasn't been made official yet, rumors have started popping up, and where there's smoke, there's usually fire. It seems like it's only a matter of time before Verde ends up at a new club, which is best for all parties involved.