Toma Basic, From A Bet To Become Sarri's Preferred Man

December 30, 2021

Basic, within a few months, really conquered everyone. First of all, Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri.

This summer, probably someone will have turned up their noses upon his arrival, thinking of yet another bet or in any case of the another player who would have needed time, perhaps too much time, to settle in and to start providing dignified performances and up to the occasion. But in just a few months, Toma Basic has conquered everyone in the Lazio world.

It all started on the day of Lazio-Lokomotiv Moscow. It was September 30th and the victory at the Olimpico against the Russian team also bears his signature at the bottom. It was the Croatian who broke the deadlock, with a perfect insertion, worthy of the best mezzala. Since that time it has been an ascent and constant growth. In short, the 25-year-old was a real discovery, first of all for Maurizio Sarri.

The Tuscan coach has decided to rely on him to give that something that Lazio seemed to lack, namely balance. The native of Zagreb was included to give run and dynamism, is almost always preferred to Luis Alberto, certainly not a gentleman. And here is that Basic was the starter in the match he won against Inter, but also in the last two successes that ended 2021 against Genoa and Venezia. A pawn that is proving decisive, even with his dark work. And that he is chosen in moments when the team appears in difficulty.

"Basic will become a future for Lazio", these are the words that the coach said about good Toma. In short, a sign of esteem, which perhaps goes well beyond the continued confidence shown, fielding him with continuity. And the midfielder feels this confidence, performing at his best and paying off on the pitch, with performances that are never banal and always of substance. And if he were to make better use of his ability to integrate, the former Bordeaux could become the perfect midfielder for the Sarri's scheme. Because the future is all on his side.

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