From Muriqi to Escalante: The Future of Lazio’s Loanees

With the 2021-22 Serie A season drawing to a close, a long list of players are now set to return to Lazio from various loan spells, whilst some others may secure a permanent move away.

Note that the 2022-23 season will feature the World Cup in the middle of the campaign. Some of Lazio’s players are bound to make an appearance in the competition, such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Be sure to check out https://www.betinireland.ie/sports-betting/football/world-cup/ to place bets on the fixtures.

The Biancocelesti will depart for their pre-season training camp in Auronzo di Cadore at the start of July, when all the Lazio owned players will undergo medical exams and the first training sessions before departing for the trip.

Maurizio Sarri will use this brief training period to determine which players to bring with him to Auronzo di Cadore and which will be left behind, giving a select few of Lazio’s various loanees an opportunity to break into the first team squad.

Some are likely to earn a permanent move away from Rome. Vedat Muriqi is likely to be signed by RCD Mallorca and Denis Vavro is set to return permanently to FC Copenhagen. Gonzalo Escalante could stay with Alaves, but things look a little more difficult following their relegation to the Spanish second tier, and Jony is likely to stay with Sporting Gijon.

Jordan Lukaku, who spent this season on loan with Vicenza, and Cristiano Lombardi, who spent the year with Reggina, will both be free agents next month, after their contracts expire. It’s unclear at this stage if Angelo Ndrecka renewed his contract until 2023 or not, but if not then he’d also be departing.

Emanuele Cicerelli and André Anderson will spend another year on loan with Frosinone and Sao Paolo respectively.

This still leaves a number of completely redundant players in the Lazio squad now, like the injured Mohamed Fares, Riza Durmisi and Djavan Anderson. Sporting director Igli Tare will therefore have to find new homes for a number of these unneeded players, setting up a busy summer for him.

Some other players, like Nicolo Armini or Sofian Kiyine, could try to break into the first team following good spells out on loan with Piacenza and Venezia respectively, but this relies on them impressing Sarri over the coming weeks.

Below is the full list of returning Lazio loanees and which clubs they spent the 2021-22 season on loan at:

Goalkeeper: Alia (Monterosi).

Defenders: Vavro (Copenhagen), Armini (Piacenza), Fares (Torino), Durmisi (Sparta Rotterdam), Ndrecka (Teramo), Lukaku (Vicenza).

Midfielders: Casasola (Cremonese), Cicerelli (Frosinone), Djavan Anderson (Zwolle), Morrone (Monopoli), Kiyine (Venezia), Escalante (Alaves), Maistro (Ascoli), Marino (Piacenza), Jony (Sporting Gijon).

Forwards: Muriqi (Mallorca), Adekanye (Crotone), Rossi (Monopoli), Lombardi (Reggina).

Tags Adekanye Alia Armini Biancocelesti Casasola Cicerelli Djavan Anderson Durmisi Escalante Fares Italy Jony Kiyine Lazio Maistro Marino morrone Muriqi Ndrecka Rome Rossi Serie A Vavro