Versatile PSV Eindhoven midfielder Pablo Rosario is aiming to be a key player for Mark van Bommel this season. 

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Born in Amsterdam, Rosario started his career in the Academy of amateur side DWS before the Netherlands top three of Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV all looked to snap him up. He chose to join his hometown club Ajax and impressed in the club’s youth teams until he suffered a groin injury during the 2013/14 season which sidelined him for several months. Ajax’s youth coaches doubted his rehabilitation and decided that Rosario could leave and he made the choice to join Almere City on a free in the summer of 2015.

The move proved to be perfect for Rosario to regain his confidence and some excellent performances for Almere City and Oranje’s U19’s convinced PSV to swoop for the then 18-year-old in 2016.

His first season in Eindhoven saw Rosario impress in the Eerste Divisie for Jong PSV but he failed to make his first-team debut until last August as he came on as a substitute against Roda JC. He went on to make 15 first team appearances throughout the season, filling in at several different positions and is also now a Netherlands U21 international with nine caps.

The now 21-year-old is a permanent part of the PSV first team and started the Johan Cruijff Schaal against Feyenood, slotting into the midfield alongside Jorrit Hendrix and Gaston Pereiro.

Style of Play

A strong and combative midfielder, Rosario looks set to play a box-to-box role alongside Hendrix this season but can also slot into a DM or even along the defence.

Rosario is tall, strong on the ball and in the tackle, with excellent technique and passing ability. He likes to stride forward with the ball and is comfortable keeping possession in tight spaces. With Jong PSV, Rosario proved that he can also score goals with a powerful right-foot, but he is yet to get himself on the scoresheet at PSV.

What to expect from Rosario this season

With Marco van Ginkel no longer at PSV, Rosario will look to step into his role in the midfield but will face competition from Bart Ramselaar and a new signing, should the club dip their toes into the transfer market.

After only two starts last season, Rosario will be hoping his excellent pre-season performances will convince his new boss, Mark van Bommel, that he can be relied on more regularly.

With PSV putting a lot of faith in their youth, we could see Rosario making his big breakthrough this season.

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