Southampton and Tottenham striker target labelled ‘coward’ by own fans

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Pablo Osvaldo has been linked with both clubs ... and he may need to leave AS Roma.

No this isn’t a Leandro Damiao article and thank heavens … I know I have had enough of those. But the two clubs in question have both been linked with another player this summer in the form of Roma striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.

The reason for both of the clubs interest is fairly simple to figure out. Spurs need a striker and Osvaldo was the leading marksman at Roma last season. Of course whilst in the Italian capital he would have answered to the clubs sporting director Franco Baldini; who has recently taken a similar role at White Hart Lane.

The interest from Southampton was also simple to decipher. Osvaldo played under Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol and the reports of a €20 million bid were everywhere.

It was then reported that Osvaldo was not keen on a move to the South Coast; however he might be about to change that tact.

Osvaldo has been the centre of attention at the Stadio Olimpico ever since the Coppa Italia defeat to Lazio.

Osvaldo was said to be furious at the decision of caretaker manager Aurelio Andreazzoli to keep him on the bench until the final fifteen minutes of the Eternal City derby in the final.

He was furious with the decision considering he was the clubs top goalscorer last season with 17 goals.

But the notoriously passionate fans of the Giallorossi have had enough of the forwards controversial behaviour.

Ultras have been at the training ground during pre-season protesting against players such as Osvaldo and Daniele de Rossi for their performances in that abject defeat.

Osvaldo has come in for the bulk of the criticism with one of the banners unveiled by the Ultras reading ‘Osvaldo is a coward’.

There was hope that the arrival of new manager Rudi Garcia as well as new players such as Kevin Strootman and Maicon could quell some of this discontent but the Ultras are clear on the players they want to see out of the club; and Osvaldo tops that list.

It may be cowardly for Osvaldo to run but I personally would not want to be on the wrong side of Roma’s impassioned support.

So perhaps the Premier League could be his haven.

image: © Damien Cansse

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