‘Zaniolo is a great player, but not a difference-maker’

Date: 4th February 2022 at 3:30pm
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Former Roma and Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan praised the technical abilities of Giallorossi midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo but criticised his ability to influence games.

Both players were involved in a transfer deal in 2018, which involved the Nerazzurri paying €24 million and sending Davide Santon as well as Zaniolo to the Giallorossi for the Belgian midfielder, but the 33-year-old has not been impressed with the overall development of his Italian counterpart.

“Zaniolo is a great player but he doesn’t make a difference,” Nainggolan told La Repubblica.

“In my Roma team, we had many players with personalities: Dzeko, Totti, De Rossi, Salah, Strootman. The regret is having set the record of points and not having won anything.”

Nainggolan played for Roma from January 2014 until the end of the 2017/18 campaign. During his time in the Italian capital, the Giallorossi were not able to win the Serie A title, but they finished second three times and third twice.

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