It is easy to forget that Lucas Digne, a €15m signing from Lille in the summer of 2013, is still on the Parisian books. The French left-back’s lack of playing time due to the consistency of first-choice Maxwell resulted in him being touted for a move elsewhere and he wasn’t short of takers. He was deemed surplus to requirements by coach Laurent Blanc once Layvin Kurzawa arrived from Monaco last year.
Digne would depart for the Eternal City of Rome and link up with his former coach Rudi Garcia who coached him at Lille. 1970 PSG caught up with fellow Football Collective and Onefootball member Roma Press to give us the lowdown on how our loanee is doing in Serie A.
John Solano who is the Editor of the US based website, has kindly taken the time to speak to 1970 PSG.
1970 PSG: Hi John, what were you thoughts/expectations when Rudi Garcia brought Lucas Digne to Roma?
Roma Press: I was pretty enthusiastic when Roma were able to bring Digne on loan. His reputation was well-known even in Italy and Roma have struggled to find stability at this position ever since another Frenchman, Vincent Candela, was at the helm. I expected him to immediately slot-in as the first choice left-back and play an important role within the team.
1970 PSG: How has he done thus far in you opinion? Be as critical/complementary as you like.
Roma Press: I think he has been very consistent and extremely steady. He has had some performances where he certainly could have done much better defensively, particularly in the first leg against Real Madrid, however, he seems to have flown “under the radar” because he doesn’t grab the headlines, yet he has been as consistent as anyone could have hoped. He has provided a breathe of fresh air down the left flank and seems to be one of the first names on the team sheet. He has performed exemplary.
1970 PSG: What would you say are his best qualities?
Roma Press: His ability to go forward is very good. He provides phenomenal support for left-winger Stephan El Shaarawy down the flank and is able to play the ball into the area at a very high rate.
1970 PSG: And his hindrances?
Roma Press: I think he needs to improve defensively. He can be caught of position at times and sometimes leaves Roma’s central defenders too exposed.
1970 PSG: How have the Roma fans took to him? Is he a popular figure at the club?
Roma Press: He’s been embraced by the fans. He seems to have adopted Rome as “his” city and can sometimes be seen walking throughout the city-center; he also isn’t afraid to take photos with fans or give a signature, which sits well with many fans as he seems like a very down-to-earth guy. He seems to be very well liked by his teammates, the fans, and, most importantly, the new manager, Luciano Spalletti.
1970 PSG: According to reports, PSG want €17m for him. Three questions to this really, will Roma make the deal permanent? Is he worth that figure? And would you like to see him move on a full-time basis?
Roma Press: I do believe that Roma will try their very hardest to make the deal permanent. I would be thrilled if the Giallorossi did this because the Frenchman has finally brought some peace to a position that has haunted them for several years. I don’t see Roma paying the fee of €17m, however. I hope that with the intervention of Digne’s will, which seems to be to remain at Roma, the two sides will be able reach a compromise of somewhere between €12-€15m, which I believe to be his value.
Again, thank you ever so much to John for taking the time out to speak 1970 PSG.