There are two players that AS Roma really missed during the past season, however, they are back and they will make the difference. Castan and Strootman can change the outcome of the season for AS Roma.
People involved in the world of soccer are making prediction about the final grid of the next Serie A but most of them are forgetting that AS Roma just recovered two of the most influential players in the Italian league, Castan and Strootman.
It’s a fact that Walter Sabatini, the AS Roma sporting director, pursued great players so far but the giallorossi are welcoming other two great guys that I firmly believe are going to make the difference during the next Serie A. The Brazilian defender Leandro Castan has been a great value for AS Roma when he was playing with the solid Mhedi Benatia. The two central defenders amazed the crowds during the 2013-14 season. That year AS Roma had a nearly impermeable defense line thanks to the Moroccan and the Brazilian that were truly complementary. Castan and Benatia’s ability to play together definitely benefited the giallorossi that were able to compete for the title almost until the end of the season. Strength, cleverness, class, and reactivity were the main features of these two phenomenal defenders that were divided only because of the whims of the Moroccan star.
Unfortunately, last season the giallorossi missed Castan a lot, especially for his defensive skills and personality. His return is definitely a great news for Rudi Garcia’s team because I am sure that him and Manolas will be able to recreate that amazing chemistry that triggered when Benatia was in Rome.
Strootman’s situation is different though. The rocky Dutch midfielder had a serious injury to his cartilage and he is still slowly recovering. He will probably be completely fit and able to play not before than October but he will provide AS Roma with his personality and class for the remaining 8 months of the season. I remember that his first 6 months with the giallorossi were unbelievable. He was leading the midfield and the entire team like a conductor lead his train. Sometime I try to imagine Kevin Strootman‘s return in the AS Roma already powerful midfield line and I daydream. I picture him in front of the defense line with Nainggolan and Pjanic up there managing the ball and creating dangerous opportunities. I am pretty sure that these three guys will be able to create a perfect mechanism that could devastate the opponents.
Dzeko, Salah, Falque and the other players that will join the giallorossi will definitely boost the AS Roma power but I firmly believe that Castan and Strootman will have a major impact in the next Serie A. The Brazilian and the Dutch are two great players guys…don’t forget that! Those who have forgotten them will be awakened by the applause of the people after their great performances.