With Roma's defensive lineup thinning out due to the absence of Diego Llorente and Chris Smalling, Jose Mourinho is gearing up for a tactical shift. Word has it that Mourinho might deploy a four-man defense in the upcoming match against Frosinone, a piece of news that made waves in Trigoria today. During his press conference, the Portuguese manager revealed an exciting development: 18-year-old Primavera defender Joao Costa received his inaugural call-up.
This marks a significant milestone for Costa, who is set to make his debut for the Giallorossi. His inclusion in Mourinho's squad opens up the possibility of adopting a back-four system. What makes Costa an intriguing choice is his versatility. The Brazilian attacker is a highly skilled fullback, boasting excellent dribbling skills and impressive speed, making him an ideal fit for a 4-2-3-1 formation.
In the initial five matches of the season, Costa showcased his talent in Roma's Primavera team, contributing 1 goal and 1 assist in over 380 minutes of playing time. This promising track record suggests that he could play a pivotal role in shoring up Roma's attack in the challenging matches ahead.