After spending a lot of time on the sidelines, Javier Pastore is unlikely to become a major player for AS Roma once the season starts.
Due to recurring injuries, Javier Pastore wasn’t able to play as much as he would have liked to. Indeed, it was a disappointment to see the Argentine not being able to feature regularly.
In his absence, AS Roma struggled throughout the season and finished a paltry 6th in the Serie A standings.
I Lupi paid Paris Saint-Germain €24 million for the former Palermo man and had high hopes of him.
Initially, PSG supporters were mad at former technical director Antero Henrique for allowing Javier Pastore to leave. A fan favourite, Pastore was one of the first players to arrive during the club’s early days under new Qatari ownership.
Nonetheless, despite his obvious talent, Pastore was always too inconsistent for his own good.
Coming to Italy, Pastore was keen to relaunch his career. However, the Argentine experienced a lot of ups and downs.
A calf injury put him on the shelf for a long time. He ended up playing only 14 matches in the league which doesn’t look good for a player who’s on a €4 million a year salary.
But it appears that the club’s owner ship might have decided to cut their losses. Indeed, club legend, Francesco Totti was never in favour of signing Javier Pastore to begin with.
According to Foot Mercato, Totti revealed that Pastore could not adapt.
“Let’s say, I will not name any player out of respect. I was coming back from vacation, I was asked my opinion about a player. I said that for now, he is a player who would not help Roma much, he has had 3000 injuries, he would not adapt to 4-3-3, I said it would be better to sign another player. I was told: ‘you always say no, you are against Roma’. I would have made other choices,” Totti said.
And it appears that Totti was right all along.