Vedat Muriqi looked back at his experience with Lazio following his loan move to Mallorca last month.
Speaking in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the 27-year-old Kosovan forward discussed his time in Rome and how he failed to make an impact with the Biancocelesti.
There’s more quality in the Italian league than in the Turkish one and at the beginning I got injured. Then I caught COVID and I suffered because the level was high at Lazio and it wasn’t easy to catch up with my teammates.
I was unlucky a lot, but it’s also true that when they gave me opportunities I didn’t do well. They didn’t spend €20 million on me for nothing, I score goals in Turkey and with my national team.
You can spend €100 million on a player, but when there are injuries they can’t perform as expected, that’s football.
Lazio invested €20 million into Muriqi back in September 2020, picking him up after an impressive season in Turkey with Fenerbahce. He would never fully settle in Rome, and would go on to score only two goals in 34 games across all competitions in his first season under coach Simone Inzaghi.
Things did not impress under Maurizio Sarri either, and the 27-year-old Kosovan forward failed to net a single goal this season for the Biancocelesti. Amusingly, the former Fenerbahce man scored on his La Liga debut for Mallorca, suggesting that he may just have not been a good fit for Lazio.