It was Hector Moreno, mainstay of the Mexican national team, who became Roma’s first signing of the 2017-18 season. Arriving with almost no prior fanfare in the media, sporting director Monchi caught everyone by his surprise with the deal – adding a vastly experienced centre-back for a bargain price.
The first Mexican ever to represent the Giallorossi, the central defender (born in 1988) arrived in Europe when he was just 20 after Dutch side AZ Alkmaar spotted his raw talent. With them he made 80 appearances across almost four seasons, winning the Dutch title with them in 2010.
After that came a move to Espanyol where, after over 100 appearances against some of the best forwards in the world game, he would eventually return from whence he came – joining PSV Eindhoven in 2015.
There another league title would come for Moreno, before the Giallorossi came calling in the summer of 2017.
An experience player in Europe then, but also one with international experience – having gained over 80 appearances for Mexico and gone to two World Cups date. An Under-17 World Cup winner with El Tri, he added a Gold Cup winers’ medal to his collection in 2015. A left-sided defender by nature, his defiant nature is complimented by a precise passing touch – making him useful to his manager both for the no-nonsense way he deals with danger and the comfort he has in then moving the ball upfield.
Monchi’s first signing of a new era was one immediately endorsed by coach Eusebio Di Francesco. The first Mexican in the club’s history looks set to play a big role in the coming campaign.Show More Show Less