Long-time Tottenham target Miralem Pjanic scored twice for Roma on Friday night to give his side a 2-0 win over Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico.
It has been quite the week for the 23-year-old, who also played his part in helping his nation Bosnia-Herzegovina to qualify for the World Cup for the first time.
Pjanic has impressed for a Roma side that have now won all eight of their Serie A fixtures this term, scoring 22 goals in the process and only conceding one.
The Bosnia international’s opener came in first-half injury time, and it was worth the wait. Pjanic stepped up and curled home a delightful free-kick, beating Pepe Reina in the Napoli goal.
His second came from the penalty spot in the 71st minute, after Napoli defender barged over Marco Boriello to be sent off.
The only blot on Roma’s copybook was two injuries to key players, with former Arsenal forward Gervinho and stalwart Francisco Totti both having to be removed after picking up knocks.
Roma manager Rudy Garcia is at the head of the capital-city revival, and was pleased with Pjanic and his team after the win.
"Miralem Pjanic can also take free-kicks like Juninho Pernambucano, though this one was a little different," he said.
"At the start of the summer I knew a midfield with De Rossi, Kevin Strootman and Pjanic would be very strong.
"That area is the heart of my football. Kevin played when fatigued, but he did so with great courage.
"The injuries are a problem, but on the positive side they'll give others an opportunity to play, such as Marco Borriello and Adem Ljajic."
Tottenham will watch on with interest as Pjanic’s reputation in the European game continues to grow.
The White Hart Lane outfit were linked with a swoop for the eastern European playmaker over the summer, but opted to sign team-mate Erik Lamela instead.
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