Exhibit B

It's funny. Just as I had come to terms with Roma's inability to be a player on this final, hectic day of the transfer market they drop the bomb. I did not see this coming. I didn't even consider the possibility that anything of the sort would, or even could, happen. Yet here we are, with Marco Borriello in our midst.

No one's trying to pass him off for Didier Drogba, but this is a good transfer that adds a lot to Roma. As if the signs weren't clear before, against Cesena we saw final confirmation that we were good but short on the attacking side. With Adriano injured and taking at least a couple more months until he's fit and proper, the options were few and far between. It was easy to see how that would have played out between now and October with five to seven games, which makes it easy to see why the club jumped on the opportunity when it presented itself.

In the interest of full disclosure: I like Borriello. I have been since his season at Genoa, during which he grew as a player and showed real talent. So of course I like this move, I'm coming to it as a card-carrying member of the Borriello appreciation society. But I don't think that's it. There's more to it; a sense that this type of player is what we've needed, a team in such limbo that the fundamentals goes a longer way than for most clubs. We had it, briefly, with Luca Toni but lost it before he had even left. Borriello is similar to Toni in that he can hold up the ball well and provide an outlet for a beleaguered midfield, or be a willing partner in a quick dance of one-two.  He's not as tall as Toni and doesn't use his arms as well, but he's still even more different from Roma's other present choices. The bottom line is that both are tough to take the ball from when they dig their heels in. And did I mention he can score goals and has a good aerial game?

There's not much to dislike about this. Not that he is the second player we sign this summer that rejected Juventus first, and certainly not that he single-handily improves the odds of the Adriano gamble working out, simply by making Roma less exposed. Borriello is the type of player and guarantee Adriano can never be, which can let the Brazilian just be himself, and whatever comes out is a bonus.