After a Sensational first full season as Roma Sporting Director; Monchi has done a tremendous job pulling off some great deals that have pushed this club forward over the last 10 months. Last Year the Spaniard brought in the likes of Cengiz Under, Alex Kolarov, Lorenzo Pellegrini at a combine cost of 28M incredible deals given how much of an impact these four made in their debut seasons. Monchi is ready reload and strengthen the squad for the coming year. Monchi has been discussing several deals over the last few weeks Roma’s Sporting Director has finally pulled off the first signing for the season stealing one of Europe’s best young talents for a ridiculously low price. Roma has been in discussions with Dinamo Zagreb over the past few weeks regarding Talented youngster Ante Coric. The two sides has finally agreed on a deal that makes the 21-Year old Midfield that been compared to Real Madrid’s Luka Modric Roma’s first signing as. The Croatian joins Roma on a 5-Year deal on a 6 Million transfer fee with bonuses. Coric Arrived at Fiumicino airport in Roma yesterday afternoon for his medical before signing. In four Years with Dinamo Zagreb He won 4 Croatian League titles and 3 Domestic Cups. Upon his arrival Monchi had this to say “We are delighted to welcome Ante Coric to the club. I believe that, with his signing, we have secured one of the emerging talents of European football,” Coric was elated saying ” “I am at one of the biggest clubs in Europe and I feel very good. I did everything to get here, and I can’t wait to start.” Monchi and Roma has clearly worked their magic once again this signing signals their intent.
Ante Coric is considered one of the most promising prospects in Europe and had a lot of Suitors with Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Spurs, Man City and Dortmund all had said to have been interested in the services of the Croatian sensation but Monchi has poached the youngster from Dinamo Zagreb a player that you could argue is the most talented youngster that Roma have ever had if he full fills his potential. Coric’s father was a football manager in the local area so it certainly helped putting in position to be great he was surround by the game he was aloud to attend the training sessions. At just 5 years old he started playing for NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac a second division club in Zagreb. The very young Coric spent four years from 2002-2006 playing for the club before his abilities were getting acknowledged he then had a stint of a few years playing for the academy of NK Zagreb. I’m not sure whether it is pure god given talent but from a very young age Coric caught the eyes of football personal in Zagreb. In 2009 When he was 12 years old he had gotten attention from some big clubs such Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Barcelona. Despite those big name Coric moved to Austria as he joined the RB Salzburg youth academy. The Youngster spent four years in the Salzburg youth set up as he continued and continued to improve. After his spell in Austria he retuned home to Croatia as he was signed by Dinamo Zagreb for €900,000. Zagreb were kings of Croatian football. He ending up spending less then one season in Dinamo Zagreb on the youth team before ultimately breaking into the senior team late in the season. In his return to his homeland he started being compared to Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric. As he had started his career with the very same club. Dinamo Zagreb is where Modric first made a name for himself as he morphed into one of the best midfielders in the world the comparisons came due to their many similarities.
Ćorić made his senior debut against RNK Split, coming in as a 69th-minute substitute. On may 10th, Ćorić scored his first senior goal for Dinamo in a 1-2 loss to NK Istra 1961. In his first season with the senior Dinamo Zagreb team he played just 6 games just scoring the once. Despite that in the 2013-2014 season Dinamo Zagreb won the Croatian league title as his team finished with 84 points as they ran the table. At just 17 years old he was allready a league champion as well as having played in a cup final but ending up losing it to Rijeka. The talent he had was quite clear as their were high expectations for the coming year for the youngsters. The following season in the 2014-2015 campaign he became a regular starter as he was starting to show his incredible talent not only to Croatia but the world. He played 33 games during that first full season scoring 6 goals in total through out the season. Having scored in the league and the cup as and most impressively in Europe. In the Europa league he made history as his goal against Romanian side Astra Giurgiu he became the youngest player to ever score in the Europa league. Coric was instrumental in their midfield much like often compared Luka Modric he was truly showing what he could do as his incredible talent was developing. Coric led Dinamo Zagreb to a domestic double winning another Croatian league title and beat RNK Split in the Croatian cup winning 4-3 on Penalties. Still in his teens he allready hade won 2 league titles and a Cup he may not had much of an impact during the first title but he had his hands all over his second. He was truly developing into one of Europe’s brightest young talents he only got better over the next few seasons. He not only was contributing offensively but developing a pretty incredible passing ability. In the next season Coric was turning into the best player in the league he would dominate games very Modric like as the comparisons continued teams across Europe were starting to consider moving for him as he was creating traction. The next season he added another league title and another cup final win he scored another 5 goals as well as making a great impact in the midfield playing a big role in the team’s success. At the end of the season he was awarded the 2015 Croatian Football Hope of the Year given to the best young player as well as being named to the Croatia Euro 2016 squad despite not playing he was ready to take it up a level.. The 2016-2017 he had his breakout year despite losing in the league and losing in the cup final. Coric was as good as he has been was just a revelation arguably the best midfielder in the league he scored 8 goals as well as dishing out several assists. At this point he was considered one of the top prospects in Europe he still is but this season he had a down year which has allowed Monchi to get this kid at a fraction of a price. In his final season Coric scored just four goals during his final season there were moments of brilliance but he just didn’t play at the same level as the year before despite that he won his 4th league title and scored in the cup semi final before winning his 3rd Croatian cup. In four seasons he made 143 appearances scoring 23 goals and dished out 23 assists winning 7 trophies. Despite his down year he has a great future head of him and I fully expect him to fulfill in talent at the next level.
Monchi Adds another weapon to a team filled with young talent. Ante Coric joins some of the best young talents in Italy that’s overlooked by one of the best young coaches in Eusebio Di Francesco who has famously gets the best out of young talent. This Roma team features so much young talent especially in the midfield. As Coric will join Lorenzo Pellegrini, Gerson, Patrik Schick,Mirko Antonucci and most notably Cengiz Under who is a superstar in the making. As well as prospects such as Marco Tumminello and Luca Pellegrini weather or not they all will be there this season is uncertain but none the less a great young group of midfielders a unit that Coric can add quality to. Roma’s Current regular midfield starters consist of the World Class Radja Nainggolan Roma captain Danielle De Rossi and Roma loyalist Kevin Strootman. Eusebio Di Francesco typically operates out of the 4-3-3 as it is his preferred formation it may change according to his squad but at is stands I don’t think he will go away from it. Radja Nainggolan just turned 30 but despite that he is a must in the Roma midfield as he is in my estimation Roma’s best player. With Kevin Strootman you have a top quality midfielder but the can be rotated as well as with an aging Danielle De Rossi. Coric doesn’t need to start necessarily the young star is going to be part of this clubs future and will add depth. Once Coric gets comfortable and starts improving he can certainly challenge for a starting spot and I reckon that he will get some starts much like Pellegrini did this season. The important thing is that he adds quality to this team which I believe he will however Di Francesco wants to use him is fine with him I trust him to put him in the best position to be successful at this club. I think he will be able to adapt to surroundings quite quickly as has experienced this before in Austria. One way or an another as a starter or a value sub he will adds quality to this allready very strong team. He could develop into a star in a few years team with the right tutelage I can see him fulfilling his potential. I think he will be used in the central midfield for the most part but might play on the wing from time to time. I’m exited to see what will happen with this kid depending on the formation they are a lot of spots in which he can be effective in this team. Given his style of play he looks like he will fit nicely into Di Francesco’s system an extremely talented 21- year old that can thrive with the leaders in this team. He is often used in a defensive position something EDF likes to hes uses his midfielders in defensive shape often. Coric is a quick attacking midfielder with defensive abilities that extraordinary ball control and passing ability for someone as young as he is. He can be very impactful in chance creation his through balls are deadly. Coric is a highly skilled with the ball at his feet however his best asset to this team will be his delivery and ball moment to Roma’s strikers Serie A is a very competitive league but if he can find his feet in this league he will provide Dzeko and Schick with great scoring opportunities a true play maker. He does an expectational job of finding narrow passing lanes and open spaces to find teammates just an incredible talent. He had issues with consistency but has shown his class over the last several years. 23 goals and 24 assists in just a few season is excellent. He will add depth and quality to Roma’s midfield. Kevin Strootman I think will be important for Coric’s progression this season. He played a big role in Under’s rise last season. Also see Dzeko as a mentor for him given the fact they are from the same part of Europe. Monchi likes him and so does Di Francesco with the right coaching he can turn into a star just like Under last year. Amazing business by Monchi fits with this team perfectly its going to be really exiting to see what he can bring to this team great first signing by Monchi the Croatian kid is here and he is ready.
First Roma Interview
“I’m feeling great,” Coric told Roma TV. “I am at one of the biggest clubs in Europe and I feel very good. “I did everything to get here, and I can’t wait to start.
“I can’t explain what the feeling is like. I just cannot wait to get started. In Croatia Roma are very popular. Everyone knows that AS Roma fans are the best fans in Europe.”
“It’s better to show my talent on the pitch, and let others judge who I am like,” he said. “I think defense is the most important skill I have to improve, there are many others but the first one is defense.
“Luka Modric is an idol [of mine], and Totti too – he was here before, and he has stopped playing now, but he was one of the best midfielders ever.”
While Totti may no longer be on the pitch, Coric is looking forward to playing alongside the current Roma stars.
“I think it was an incredible season for Roma and I am very happy to be here,” he added.
“I like Edin Dzeko because he is from where I am from. But I like all the players: El Shaarawy, De Rossi, many more. Forza Roma!
WELCOME TO ROMA ANTE CORIC