PSV Eindhoven fans have had to wait a while to see their new striker in action but Maximiliano Romero is finally fit and ready to live up to his hype. 

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Romero joined the Velez Sarsfield academy at six-years-old and quickly became one of the club’s most exciting young talents. At the age of 16, Romero was close to joining Arsenal for €6 million but a cruciate ligament injury suffered during a reserve match led to the Premier League side opting out of the move.

Romero remained in Argentina and made his first-team debut at the age of 17 and in his second game, he netted his first goal. After 49 appearances and nine goals, it was announced last January that PSV Eindhoven had signed the striker for €10.5 million, beating off competition from Stuttgart and Borussia Dortmund. He was initially meant to complete the move in the summer, but a loan deal was arranged and Romero arrived at the Philips Stadion in January.

However, Romero suffered from several injuries and failed to make his debut before the end of the title-winning campaign. He has returned to fitness this summer but only used sparingly during pre-season. He has netted three goals in two games for Jong PSV, though

Style of Play

PSV have had some excellent South American talents in the past, Romario, Farfan and Ronaldo just to name a few and in Romero they may have another gem.

The 19-year-old is a tenacious and powerful centre-forward, with plenty of pace, excellent movement and the capability of scoring with both feet. Romero also offers Mark van Bommel the option of playing him on the wing, where he featured several times for Velez.

Romero’s style of play is reminiscent of Luis Suarez and PSV fans will be hoping he can adapt to the Eredivisie as quickly as the Uruguayan did.

What to expect from Romero this season

Romero will be hoping that his injury worries are finally behind him and he should quickly establish himself in van Bommel’s team.

Luuk de Jong will stay as PSV’s first choice striker but Romero should get plenty of minutes as his back-up or possibly deployed on the wing.

Romero arrived in the Netherlands with plenty of hype surrounding him and PSV will be hoping to see exactly what he is capable of as they look to retain the title.

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