Manchester United look set to resolve their goalkeeping situation somewhat with a deal for former Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero imminent. The Argentine number 1 looks set to arrive on a free transfer in the coming days with the futures of both Victor Valdes and David De hanging in the balance.
Romero has endured a frustrating club career finding himself as an understudy to so many while maintaining his status as Argentina’s undisputed first choice. This move could well prove to be the stepping stone to cement himself as one of Europe’s better goalkeepers with De Gea’s departure to Real Madrid on the horizon. The 29-year old will likely play second-fiddle to De Gea this season should his arrival come to fruition but not for long.
Romero vs De Gea
Romero is not your average back up option though. He more than matches up in terms of equivalent averages as De Gea played considerably more than both he and Valdes.
The Argentine has only featured in 11 league matches this season compared to De Gea’s 37. But per game, he outperformed his rivals in a number of different disciplines. Romero has made more saves than the Spaniard per game with 2.45 compare to the 2.11 as well as more saves per goal edging out the 24-year-old with figures of 2.25 to 2.17. Romero also is a commanding presence as he has made more catches as well. The stats read that the Argentine matches De Gea on a number of fronts which is a fairly impressive feat in itself considering his glowing reputation.
De Gea though trumps his South American counterpart in terms of clean sheets and distribution. United’s back line was a little shaky at times to be polite and one thing that cannot be discovered by these statistics is the amount of points he single-handedly saved throughout the season.
A lack of transfer fee is a real bonus for United and make Romero’s efforts that much more impressive, considering Sampdoria’s mediocrity last season. With United set to lose their star man on a free next summer, a ready-made replacement may well have had a season to adjust to life at Old Trafford. It definitely looks as if this free agent will be a better one than the last one who is on his way out after just one first team game. Sorry Victor.
Capped 62 times for Argentina, the 28 year old Romero will hope this move to Manchester can see him finally realise his potential in a domestic league. van Gaal will be well aware that De Gea is likely to leave at the end of the season, so he would more than likely be willing to hand Romero several first team chances to help him adjust to Premier League life.