22 players have returned to Lazio from various loan spells, forcing the club to decide their futures.
As seen on stats portal Transfermarkt’s website, 22 Biancocelesti players returned to Rome last week, after their loan deals expired with various clubs across Italy and Europe. The estimated market value of the 22 players who have returned is around €21 million, with the most valuable players being defender Denis Vavro (€4m) and left-back Jony (€2.2m)
The full list of players returning from loan includes: 25-year-old striker Simone Palombi (AC Pisa 1909), 25-year-old center-back Denis Vavro (SD Huesca), 22-year-old attacker Bobby Adekanye (ADO Den Haag), 23-year-old midfielder Sofian Kiyine (Salernitana), 27-year-old left-back Riza Durmisi (Salernitana), 21-year-old midfielder Biagio Morrone (Calcio Foggia 1920), 22-year-old center-back Jorge Silva (Boavista Porto FC U23), 26-year-old wing-back Jordan Lukaku (Royal Antwerp FC), 21-year-old attacker André Anderson (Salernitana), 24-year-old goalkeeper Marius Adamonis (Salernitana), 21-year-old defender Luca Falbo (US Viterbese 1908), 25-year-old winger Cristiano Lombardi (Salernitana), 29-year-old winger Jony (CA Osasuna), 25-year-old midfielder Tiago Casasola (Salernitana), 23-year-old midfielder Fabio Maistro (Salernitana), 21-year-old center-back Sergio Kalaj (US Grosseto 1912), 21-year-old center-back Nikolaos Baxevanos (ACSM Politehnica Iasi), 24-year-old striker Alessandro Rossi (US Viterbese 1908), 19-year-old goalkeeper Mattia Marocco (US Adriese 1906), 26-year-old winger Emanuele Cicerelli (Salernitana), 24-year-old striker Cedric Gondo (Salernitana) and 23-year-old midfielder Patryk Dziczek (Salernitana).
Nine of these 22 players are returning from the newly promoted Salernitana. Considering the tough situation the Campania side is currently involved in, it’s likely that the Biancocelesti will not be allowed to do any more dealings with them for some time, although how long is still unclear.
While this large amount of players could become an issue, due to Simone Inzaghi’s departure and Maurizio Sarri’s appointment, most of them will have a chance to prove themselves to the 62-year-old Italian tactician this summer.
Lazio has two pre-season retreats scheduled; the first to Auronzo di Cadore (Italy) and the second to Marienfeld (Germany). They will travel to Auronzo di Cadore on July 10th and stay until July 18th before taking a short break. A few days later they will leave for Germany (on either August 1st or August 2nd) and will stay for a week before returning to Rome.
As it stands, Lazio have four pre-season friendlies scheduled at Auronzo di Cadore (against two local amateur sides and Serie C sides Triestina and Padova) and will likely announce more closer to the date.
If any of the aforementioned 22 players are called up by Sarri for pre-season, they will have to take their shot if they want to be playing for Lazio this 2021/22 campaign. If not, they may find themselves playing games at home, such as play Book of Dead at Platincasino.