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Where Are They Now: Roma Loanee Update 3/23

After a long hiatus, CDT's loan update series returns bearing good news, with several loanees having played well this past weekend.

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1. Antonio Sanabria

Scarface was back on the score sheet for Sporting Gijon this weekend, scoring his first goal since returning from a hamstring injury that has nagged him all season long. Despite missing eight weeks this campaign due to the injury, including three weeks during his latest stint on the trainer's table, Sanabria now has 11 goals in just 21 appearances. That breaks down to a goal every 149 minutes, which are Destro-esque (circa 2013-14) numbers. His latest goal came via a deflected free kick against Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Although the deflection likely caused the goal, the power of the shot is impressive, check it out below:

If Sanabria finishes out the season strong in Spain and decides to return to Rome this summer, he should get a serious look from Luciano Spalletti, who seems far from satisfied with Roma's current striker situation.

2. Tomas Vestenicky

Vestenicky started the season at Serie B side Modena, before moving to top flight Polish side Cracovia Krakow in late February in search of more minutes. Since the move from Modena, the Slovakian international has found more consistent playing time, albeit as a substitute. Vestenicky scored his first goal for Krakow on Sunday against Pogan Szczecin, and it was an absolute cracker. The goal demonstrates Vestenicky's finishing ability, check it out below:

Hopefully Vestenicky earns more playing time as the season comes to an end. Either way, he'll probably go out on loan again next year, as he's only 19 still.

3. Federico Ricci

Ricci has continued his sizzling form for Crotone throughout the season, and Sunday was no different. While the winger didn't score against Pescara, he recorded an assist. Ricci now has nine goals and six assists in 27 appearances for the Serie B side this year. Check out some of his highlights from his year at Crotone so far here. While wingers aren't necessarily in demand in Rome these days, Ricci could find a way to sneak onto the first team this summer if he keeps showing his versatility at Crotone.

4. Matteo Politano

Politano has earned a few rare starts at Sassuolo during the last two weeks, and he's taken full advantage of them. The winger scored just his second goal of the season on Sunday against Udinese, using a well placed header to beat the goalkeeper. Check it out here. Politano may not be setting the world on fire with Sassuolo, but he's proven to be a capable backup when needed, which could give the Roma brass second thoughts before using him as a bargaining chip this summer.

5. Kevin Mendez

Mendez has finally found a home, in Switzerland's second tier with Lausanne-Sport, after bouncing between Roma's primavera and first team the first half of the season. The Uruguayan forward has scored two goals in five matches for Lausanne-Sport, the latest coming on Saturday against Biel-Bienne. Mendez should finish out the season strong in Switzerland before returning to Rome this summer. Beyond that, Mendez looks likely to go out on loan again, perhaps to a team in a better league that will sufficiently challenge his skill level.

Honorable Mention

Lukasz Skorupski deserves an honorable mention this week, as the goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in Empoli's draw with Palermo on Saturday. Skorupski now has nine clean sheets in 30 appearances this season, while allowing 42 goals. Skorupski, along with fellow Roma loanee Leandro Paredes, has been instrumental in Empoli's Serie A success this campaign.

Anyone with loan specific questions can post them in the comments section, I'll try to respond in a timely manner!