Player profile: Who is Roma’s new signing, Clément Grenier?

LaRoma24.it (Gabriele Conflitti) Frederic Massara seems to have now fully taken over the role in the transfer market left to him by Walter Sabatini. The new sporting director has now completed a deal to bring Clément Grenier, the talented Lyon midfielder, to the Giallorossi. While negotiations for Gregoire Defrel, Franck Kessié and Godfred Donsah are still ongoing, Roma have completed their first signing of 2017.

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Life in Annonay is anything but exciting, and that’s why those who grow up in the small town in the southeast of France have always looked for a way to get out and explore new horizons. The new Roma midfielder shares his place of birth with the Montgolfier brothers, who understood long before the Wright brothers that flying wasn’t just limited to animals who had wings.

The young Clément Grenier instead used the talent he had in his feet to leave his native town: born in 1991, he was signed by Lyon aged 11 and grew up in their youth system before being his first team debut in 2009. Grenier made 152 appearances for les Gones, scoring 18 goals during his 7 seasons in blue and red, during which he won 1 French Cup and 1 French Super Cup. The midfielder has also played for every French national side, from the youth teams up to the senior side, who he made his debut for in 2013. Deschamps wanted to select him in his squad for the World Cup in Brazil, but a torn hamstring ruined his chances.

Grenier is a centre midfielder who likes to get forward into an attacking position, and is able to provide his team with moments of quality thanks to his wonderful right foot. He has been compared by many people to Miralem Pjanic because of his age and characteristics, and because, like him, he has grown up at Lyon before choosing Roma as the team to make him into a truly top quality player. The comparisons with the former Giallorossi number 15 are also because of their shared ability to take set pieces, especially free kicks.

However his exploits on the pitch and his growth as a player have been hampered by a number of serious muscular injuries, which have affected his performances over the last few years. If the Giallorossi medical staff are able to prevent any recurrences, Roma will have reinforced their midfield with an exceptionally creative and hard-working player for practically nothing.

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