Earlier today we discussed the respective developmental curves of two of Roma’s best and brightest young players, Cengiz Ünder and Justin Kluivert, as it related to the pressure and immediacy of expectations. Both are extremely young players with extremely high upsides and both will fall prey to the Roman media and the fickle nature of fandom. Diego Perotti is not young, nor does he necessarily suffer the same slings and arrows as his younger teammates, but the next four months of his life will be watched just as closely.
It won’t be long before Ünder and Kluivert are starting alongside Edin Dzeko each and every week, and with Stephan El Shaarawy likely entrenched as the veritable sixth man, Perotti may soon find himself on the outside looking in. On his day, Perotti is arguably the most talented man on this roster, but consistency has always escaped him, leading many to cast him as the sacrificial lamb in Roma’s great wing wars.
And on that note, reports are starting to circulate that a trio of Spanish teams are interested in bringing Perotti to La Liga. Valencia, Villarreal and Sevilla are all reportedly seeking to securing the 30-year-old Argentine’s signature, and may make a move as soon as this January.
For his part, Perotti remains committed to seeing out the end of his contract (recently renewed through 2021), but with Ünder and Kluivert in tow, not to mention the litany of wingers they were connected to throughout the summer, the writing may be on the wall: Perotti’s time in Rome may be coming to a close.
Still, Perotti is capable of conjuring up magic, and if he can doll that out more consistently, he may still secure his spot in the Eternal City.