Perhaps “all-round attacking midfielder” is the most suitable description for Diego Perotti. Indeed, he is a footballer capable of playing all across the forward line, whether that’s on the left, the right or through the middle.
“I prefer starting on the left flank,” Perotti said in his unveiling at Trigoria, but it was in the centre that he made his debut against Sassuolo, adding impulse to Roma’s play and providing the key assist for Stephan El Shaarawy to make it 2-0 late on.
Perotti may have chosen the No. 8 shirt at Roma, but at Genoa and Sevilla – his previous two clubs overlooking a brief loan stint at Boca Juniors – he was the No. 10.
Born in 1988, Perotti’s father, Hugo Perotti, was a footballer himself and named his son Diego in honour of a very special friend and team-mate – a certain Diego Armando Maradona.
Perotti joined Roma in January 2016 after a year and a half under Gian Piero Gasperini at Genoa. He made 43 appearances for the Ligurian side, scoring five goals, but more than anything it was at Genoa that he finally got back to 100% after a slew of injuries in Spain had affected his performances and stalled his development.
“I’ll always be grateful to Genoa for having given me the possibility to relaunch my career in such a prestigious league as Serie A, but I couldn’t turn down a top club like Roma,” Perotti added during his first press conference.
Naturally right-footed, he is blessed with an impressive ability to read the game, making him more of an assists man than a goalscorer in his own right. Perotti has made two appearances for the Argentine national side, the first of which came in 2009, but hasn’t played for his country since 2011 due to his injury problems. Now, at Roma, Perotti is aiming to regain his spot in the Argentina side too.Show More Show Less