Maxime Gonalons is a footballer that doesn’t much of an introduction. He is an experienced player, a consumate professional, a man whose achievements already speak for the way he is on and off the pitch.
One word to describe Gonalons might be ‘dependable’, and he was certainly that for Olympique Lyonnais – the only club he had represented during his professional career prior to his move to the Giallorossi in the summer of 2017.
In Lyon he was the homegrown captain, a man who made 334 appearances for the club in almost 10 years in the first-team. In that time he made over 50 appearances in European competition (including 29 in the Champions League), scored 13 goals, and played well enough to earn a handful of caps for the French national team.
That goal tally hints at the player Gonalons is: a deep-lying central midfielder, an enforcer and a distributor whose duel roles are to end attacks from the opposition and initiate them for his own side. Determined and aggressive in any situation, he is a combative opponent – something Kevin Strootman found out when Lyon faced Roma in the knockout rounds of the 2016-17 Europa League.
Gonalons made a strong impression in that tie, holding his own against Strootman, Daniele De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan. Now he adds to that cohort, bringing his quality, experience and leadership to the Roma dressing room.Show More Show Less