The Dutch midfielder completes his move to Marseille sending a nice message to the Roma fans. But his performances in Italy are questionable.
Although the Roma fans are furious with their president, Mr. Pallotta, and their sporting director, Monchi, probably the club of Trigoria made the right choice selling the Holland international. In the last couple of years, Kevin Strootman has been more efficient off the pitch rather than on it.
His importance in Di Francesco‘s roster seemed to be clear especially when he led the group, along with the other senators, during the training sessions. His words of incitement to his teammates and his leadership have now vanished, taken away by the wind.
It is very hard for me to leave this club. It feels like home and you guys were always there to support me. I want to thank you for your everything, I’ll never forget it and always cherish it. I wish you all the best this season! 💛❤ @officialasroma #ASRoma pic.twitter.com/V1pU1Lix0q
— Kevin Strootman (@Kevin_strootman) August 28, 2018
Today, though, we have to assess the overall situation trying to understand if Kevin Strootman would have been still a good value for the giallorossi. His unfortunate double surgery to his knee definitely affected the performances of the rocky midfielder from Ridderkerk.
Let’s take a few steps back to analyze what happened in the past years and how we arrived at his departure.
After having played admirably for almost 7 months, Strootman suffered his first bad injury, a trauma that kept him away from the pitch for a long time. In the 2013-14 Serie A, the Dutch player made 25 appearances with the Lupi. The point per game collected by the giallorossi (2,20) is there to testify his great contribution to the club. In that season he even scored 5 goals and 6 assists.
The away match at the Stadio San Paolo against Napoli dated March 9, 2014, changed the professional trajectory of Strootman with the giallorossi. When he left the pitch after 13 minutes, nobody would have expected to see him again on November 9, 2014. In that occasion, he played only 7 minutes, though.
After having played slightly more than 300 minutes in the following 10 matches, his knee gave up again. From January 31, 2015, to May 2, 2016, Kevin Strootman underwent another surgery and after a long rehabilitation period played only 12 minutes.
In the 2016-17 Serie A, instead, he finally played consistently. The 28-year-old made 33 appearances scoring 4 goals and 8 assists and helping Roma to reach an average of 2,24 point per game.
In the 2017-18 campaign, he managed to play 32 games throwing the ball into the back of the net only once. In his 2,260 minutes on the pitch, though, he never gave the impression of being the fantastic player admired in his first Italian season. The Roma fans criticized him for his poor performances albeit they have always recognized his leadership off the pitch.
And so we are back to the point highlighted above. Nowadays, Roma lost a man more than the player. Leadership can conceal sudden weaknesses, but in football, a player must demonstrate what is worth only on the pitch. Probably, his time in the Italian capital was over but we will always keep great memories of Kevin Strootman.
Good luck for your new professional experience!