Mattia Destro: A Lowdown on AS Roma’s Summer Signing

During this colorful transfer window, A.S Roma agreed to a €11.5 million temporary deal with Siena to sign hot talent Matti Destro. Destro follows the influx of a stars joining Roma under the DiBenedetto ownership and will find this addition very worthy to their title winning ambitions.

After sitting in the shadows of a 5 time Scudetto and 1 time UEFA Champions league winning strike force, the former Inter youth product was unable to break through into the first team and found himself in co-ownership stints at Genoa and Siena where he netted 14 times in 36 games and averaged 0.8 key passes per match. His performances were lauded by the press and he soon found himself a future in the Italian national team.

Destro’s goal and key passes count may seem underwhelming at first look, but he has played at lower table clubs his entire career and a move to Roma, where he will find without a doubt an increased quality of players added with his development as a player, his statistics are sure to reach much more impressive figures.

Destro is a typical poacher style striker in the mold of Inzaghi or Chicharito much like his predecessor Borini. He has a very athletic, physical style of play along with fantastic dribbling skills that can finish goals from passes or head them in from corners or crosses with his height. He is exceptionally dangerous in the counter attack where a large percentage of his goals have come from.

In addition to finishing prowess Destro is very active in defensive contribution despite being a striker and tackles often for a player in his position. His all around game, impressive work rate on the field and never say die attitude matches the Young and developing Roma squad.

Destro will be joining fellow young strikers Bojan Krkic and Erik Lamela along with a midfield composed of Miralem Pjanic and Michael Bradley. This support along with a large back bone of defensive players will cover up his weaknesses such as unable to find players with is passes and holding on to the ball. The Roma midfield and Destro complement each other very well as they finally have a poacher who makes use of their weighted passes and vice versa as Destro faced a lack of creative players in his previous clubs causing him to fall to the offside traps of Italian defenders.

Roma is the best next step in Destro’s career and he fits in their system perfectly. Roma have done good business bringing in a player like him and I look forward to seeing Roma causing big waves in Italian football for the coming seasons.


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