A full-back with a licence to push forward and strong instincts in defence: these are the main characteristics of Rick Karsdorp, a Dutch full-back converted from central midfield during his formative years. Born in 1995, Karsdorp is a player with obvious physical strengths – but his history as a midfielder can be seen in the technical qualities and passing instincts he also brings to the position.
With Feyenoord, his boyhood club, Karsdorp became domestic champions at the end of the 2016-17 campaign – helping his side end an 18-year wait for an Eredivisie crown as he developed into one of the best in his position in the league. Having recently graduated to the Dutch national team, he knows Kevin Strootman well - and admitted the Roma No. 6 was a key factor in his decision to join.
Karsdorp’s signing was a new record for the Roma: he is the most expensive full-back in the club. You can account for inflation, and the changes in currency, but the fact remains that €14 million (and a possible €5m in bonuses) represents the club’s biggest outlay on a player of his type. In that regard the new Roma No. 26 surpasses Bruno Peres, who joined for €13.5 million from Torino in 2016.
Karsdorp is also just the fourth Dutch player in the history of Roma. The link with the Dutch only began in 2011, when goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg became the club’s first Dutchman not long after helping his country to the final of the 2010 World Cup. Kevin Strootman then joined the club in 2013, with full-back Urby Emanuelson arriving a season later.
Now it’s Karsdorp’s turn, looking to establish himself at Roma and help his new club win the league title just as he did with his old one.Show More Show Less