The chances of another player can become the chances of another. It is the case of Nicolò Zaniolo and Stephan El Shaarawy, two players who in reality would not be left in competition with each other given that Faraone plays and Nicolò on the right, but the latter’s injury and the subdued performance of Carles Perez led Mourinho to reshuffle the cards on the table. For this reason, against Bodo Glimt it will be the turn of El Shaarawy again, after having already taken the place of Zaniolo at the Allianz against Juve due to the hyperflexion trauma of the left knee of the 22 Giallorossi.
A problem, partially resolved, and which, as said by Mou himself, should be available again on Sunday with Napoli. In the meantime, a take over will be Stephan, Mourinho’s second most used ‘reserve’ with 400 minutes after Shomurodov (413 ‘). The blue exterior is one of the few non-owners he trusts, so much so that El Shaarawy is presented in every match of the championship, Special One with the best average goal in relation to the minutes played. Four total goals from the start of the season (3 in Conference and 1 in Serie A) for an average of one goal every 100 minutes. After Lorenzo Pellegrini, he is also the second best scorer in the squad, tied with Abraham and Veretout who, however, have played twice as long and in the case of the Frenchman there is also the bonus of penalties.
In short, a performance so far in line with expectations despite Mou da El Shaarawy expecting more. The shots in the ropes has them and the goal at Sassuolo for the thousandth victory in the Special One’s career it is proof of this, he just needs to give him more continuity. A first chance now has it already this evening. One to try to bend the Portuguese training certainties and who knows, tear a starting shirt with Napoli and maybe start the blue run-up game in view of Qatar 2022.