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Propper Class

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Roma announced the signing of Davy Propper earlier this week to deviate the mourning of the prodigal son, Hakan Calhanoglu. After Riots in the italian capital, death threats and strikes, the Roma board of directors needed to ease the concerns of fans ahead of the new season

, if not deflect their attention and with the signing of one of the most sought after midfield players in europe, they just might have killed two pidgeons with one lump of stale bread. But will Davy Propper fill the exstensively empty pocket left behind the striker and justify the collossal transfer fee of just under 30m PENce? His pre season performances have suggested he could, and then some. Immediately grabbing a brace of assists against parent club stade brest, and then smashing in a goal against arch rivals Banfield. "Hakan who?, Hakan who?," Rang out accross the Stadio Olimpico at the end of a 2-0 win against Boca Juniors, reminding us all how fickle football fans can be.
Also on the Roma additions list this year, in the busiest window to date, we have Marcelo Brozovic, a 23 year old Croatia international, to bolster the already impressive looking midfield set up. Brozovic excells in the centre of midfield but can easily adjust to attacking and defending and like Propper made a great impression on the pre season tour of ireland.
Continuing with their club policy of keeping the average age of the squad under 25, Roma purchased 20 year old, German attacking midfielder Tim Holscher who has been placed out on the right hand side of midfield throughout preseason with his standout moment coming when he scored a wonderful curling freekick to seal the win against Banfield. A freekick even the Turkish king himself would be proud of.
Super sub Fabio Borini was also brought in to mitigate the pressure on young Mitrovic in the need for goals up top, scoring almost everytime he came off the bench, making Roma a goal threat from the first minute til the last.
Roma's summer spending wasn't all attack orientated however, with their most high profile bit of business coming between the sticks. A 3-way transfer orgy saw young jack Butland and Japanese legendary keeper Kawashima leave italy to pave way for the mighty Stephane Ruffier who only only conceeded 3 goals pre-season out of the 10 games played. With the formiddle 3 defenders in front of him (nicknamed BBK,) of Ba, Van Beek and El Kaoutari, it's hard to see Roma cenceeding much if any goals all season.
When we look back to this time last season, the Roma boss was in turmoil after 7 successive defeats, a broken squad and no clear direction, the fans now believe again. Although they are yet to play a competetive game this year expectation is high and with the new young talent brought in it's clear to see why. No longer does the team look flimsy and unbalanced, no longer are the likes of Bacuna causing trouble and Castaignos threatening to go AWOL, no longer are Roma being called a second class team. It's early days, and things need to gel but dare we say it, Roma look a "Propper class" team.

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