Chris Smalling gives away penalty with the strangest handball of the season


Chris Smalling was sent out on-loan by Manchester United ahead of the 2019/20 season. 

He's now plying his trade with AS Roma in Serie A and by all accounts, has been doing quite well. 

The Giallorossi are currently fourth in the league and have already beaten the likes of Napoli and AC Milan. 

But on Sunday, Roma were beaten at home by Torino and Smalling was at fault for the second goal. 

He gave away a penalty for one of the strangest handballs you'll see this season. 

Check it out below, 3 minutes and 11 seconds into this video: 

That is just bizarre. What on earth is the centre-back trying to do there? 

Unsurprisingly, Torino striker Andrea Belotti converted from the penalty spot to further add to Smalling's embarrassment.  

Thankfully, given how well the defender has played this season, that mistake should be seen as nothing more than a moment of madness. 

Smalling has played well for Roma this season

Despite leaving Man United last summer, many of the club's fans have been following Smalling's loan spell and want him back in the Premier League

However, it's reported that the Englishman is happy with life in Italy and wants to make his move to Roma permanent. 

Corriere dello Sport even writes that Roma are willing to pay £13 million to buy Smalling after his loan expires. 

Smalling could be in demand next summer

After all, Smalling's stats from this season are quite impressive. He's helped his side keep seven clean sheets in all competitions and also contributed two goals and an assist in Serie A. 

Not bad for a player that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. 

If he can cut out the rare silly mistakes - like the handball we saw against Torino - then Smalling will be in demand come next summer.  

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