That development is significant in this instance and is one of several reasons why the Roma move seems to be a good fit for Bradley. While there are always challenges in settling into a new club, Bradley possesses a body of work in Italy that is recognized by his new employers
, which should allow him every opportunity to succeed.
That's just the start, however. One month ago, Roma hired Zdenek Zeman as manager, a man whose reputation as a maverick is well deserved. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Zeman opened Roma's preseason training camp by banning coffee and sweets and reducing the players' intake of some carbohydrates and protein. In terms of style, Zeman's teams have historically played a high-energy, up-tempo version of the 4-3-3. In a June article in the Wall Street Journal, Zeman explained that, in attack, he expects all three forwards to be in the box with two out of the midfield three pushing forward as well.
That flies in the face of Serie A's defensive orthodoxy, but it's a system that would appear to suit Bradley well.
That said, Zeman's hyper-attacking style will test Bradley's technical ability even more, and it will be interesting to see how this aspect of his game holds up over the course of a season.
Bradley's fitness has never been in question. In fact, the concern was that perhaps he ran a bit too much, but a year in the tactical cauldron of Serie A appears to have curbed those instincts. Bradley's attention to his defensive duties is something that could come in handy given how Zeman's teams typically aren't defensively strong and are prone to fade down the stretch.