Just one day after Tottenham Hotspur stuttered to a 2-2 draw away at Olympiakos with Christian Eriksen looking like he wanted to be anywhere else, the player who had been apparently lined up to replace the great Dane in North London produced a masterclass which has only added to his growing reputation.
The ‘new Totti’, the ‘new Kaka’, Nicolo Zaniolo has been compared to some of the greatest play-makers of the 21st century but he is really starting to make a name for himself in his own right at Roma.
Speaking to the Mail earlier this month, Zaniolo’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, claimed that Spurs showed ‘concrete interest’ in the Italian international before they turned their attention to Giovani Lo Celso.
“Zaniolo resembles Gascoigne very much,” Vigorelli added.
And the 20-year-old produced a performance Gazza himself would have been proud of when Istanbul Bahaksehir arrived at the Stadio OIimpico on Thursday night. Zaniolo was simply unplayable on the right hand side, cutting in onto his wand of a left foot to produce a goal and two assists in a comfortable 4-0 win.
Whether Zaniolo would have made the difference against Olympiakos is anyone’s guess but he certainly looks far more focused than Eriksen right now.
Zaniolo is the best young player in the world— Dillon_Di Monte (@monte_dillon) September 20, 2019
Does Zaniolo remind anyone else a bit of Kaka the way he glides through players with the ball— DegenerateRomanista (@TheDegenerate10) September 20, 2019
I wanna see everyone who called Zaniolo a fraud one month ago keep that same energy— AS Rømantada (@pure_romanista) September 19, 2019
Just watched the game...Zaniolo and Dzeko are absolutely phenomenal. Great team performance in the second half. What an impact LP7 had coming on and happy for Kluivert.— Totti's Flow (@BatulliR) September 19, 2019
It won't be long before top European clubs move in for Nicolo Zaniolo.— De Bruyne Delivery (@bryan_miano) September 19, 2019
Nicolo Zaniolo was my man of the match - his best performance of the past six months. Really important for him to get that under his belt.— Samuel Bannister (@SamBanno1) September 19, 2019
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