See, what did we tell you? Roma are always...I repeat...always on the market for a left back. One week ago today we discussed this legacy and how, despite some solid and promising names occupying Roma’s left flank, Roma continues to search for a left back. They’re like Moses wandering around the desert; you know salvation awaits, but you’re just not sure you have the patience for a 40-year search and you damn sure don’t want to die before finding the Mount Nebo of leftbacks.
While we focused on everyone from Matteo Darmian to Antonio Barreca last week, today we shift the focus to Jeremy Toljan, Hoffenheim’s scintillating 22-year-old left back. Toljan debuted for Hoffenheim way back in 2013 and has amassed over 50 appearances since then, including a career high 20 this past season, one in which he earned 14 starts, scoring a goal and and notching an assist in the process. Toljan’s senior resume may be pretty sparse, but he’s had a pretty successful two year stretch with Germany’s U-21 side, grabbing a silver medal at the Rio Olympics and winning the U-21 Euros this summer, where he was named to the all-tournament team.
He’s good, is what we’re saying. So it should come as no surprise that he’s being chased by a number of clubs, most notably Chelsea and our dear old friends down in Naples. However, with a meeting set for Milan (possibly as we speak), it seems as though Monchi has jumped the queue for this kid.
While no prices have been exchanged, or even included in many of the rumors, transfermarkt has him valued at roughly €4 million, so we can safely assume the bidding will start at, oh let’s say, €18 million; it’s been that kind of summer.
Either way, in their search for a short term solution at left back, Roma are going young, but for an U-21, resumes don’t get more impressive than Toljan’s.