Kevin Strootman is looking as good as ever this season. He has brought an energy and drive to Roma’s midfield, and his influence on the pitch is infectious to all around him. Much of what we have witnessed this campaign and especially since the turn of year, is Strootman of old — He is back!
The serious injuries that had frustrated him during 2014/15 and 2015/16, seem to have been over-come. Some, doubted if he would ever return to full fitness or be able to recapture his very best form. His recent performances have been typical of his style — dominant and full throttle, with both a mixture of composure and assured technique with the ball at his feet.
Roma’s aggregate defeat to Lyon in mid-week, resulting in an untimely exit from the Europa League was dissapointing for the Serie A club. However, in the second-leg in Rome, Strootman was the stand-out best player for the Giallorossi and certainly one of the main positives to take from the tie overall. The Roma player led by example and often thrusting them into attack after attack at the Stadio Olympico, as the rest of his teammates followed his battling example.
The 27-year-old has been in equally impressive form in Serie A this season. He has appeared 26 times, scoring 3 and assisting on 4 occasions, while his pass completion ratio also reads well — completing 85.5% of his passes.
The Dutchman’s combative nature is illustrated by this next stat: he has won more tackles per game (2.7) more than any other Roma player this season, in fact the closest to that figure are: Emerson and De Rossi, who are both tied on 2.1 tackles per game.
The aforementioned statistics will certainly draw the attention of other big clubs throughout Europe; Manchester United for instance, have long been admirers and Old Trafford could prove an ideal new home for a midfielder of Strootman’s stature.
Should he choose to remain in the Italian capital however, then he will continue to entertain not just the Giallorossi faithful, but football fans alike and for many years to come.