Ajax attacker Justin Kluivert arrived in Rome late this evening to complete his €18 million move to the Giallorossi. The young Dutchman is the fourth purchase of the summer for Giallorossi sporting director Ramon Monchi, who is signaling a changing of the guard at the club by bringing in younger players who have lots of potential yet are already at a fairly high level.
Kluivert arrives to the Eternal City after having had his most successful season as a professional, as he finished the 2017/2018 campaign with 10 goals and 5 assists in 30 league appearances. Kluivert’s acquisition sends a big signal that Roma are more than happy to continue spending big money of youngsters who have plenty of upside — a year after having spent nearly €42 million in total on Patrik Schick and €13.4 million on Cengiz Ünder.
While there is no doubting that the youngster will need time to adapt to a new league and stronger competition, there is hope that he can bring a spark to the much-maligned left wing of the Giallorossi. Both Diego Perotti and Stephan El Shaarawy had underwhelming campaigns this past season and it’s more than likely that Monchi splashing big money on a youngster will be a wake-up call for the pair — it’s even possible that one of the two could depart the club this summer.
On an individual level, though, Kluivert brings a healthy balance of pace and scoring ability. While he does prefer to play on the left, he has shown the ability to play on the right wing if needed, which is something Eusebio Di Francesco will undoubtedly appreciate. Furthermore, the young Dutchman is also strong with both feet, though, he does prefer to cut inside and use his right foot – which he used to score 7 of his 10 league goals.
So as Monchi strikes another blow in the transfer market, Roma seem ready to depend on yet another young player to carry them forward into the future.
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