Francesco Banks On Kluivert As Big Stars Underperform For Roma

AS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has hinted that he will hand Justin Kluivert his first Serie A start away at Bologna on Sunday, in an attempt to snap an underperforming Roma out of their slumber.

Kluivert, – the son of Holland great, Patrick Kluivert, was signed from Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam this season, but has made three substitute appearances for Di Francesco’s team.

The 19 year old Holland international could be joined in the starting XI by fellow teenager Nicolo Zaniolo, who was handed a shock debut against Madrid on Wednesday.

Last season’s Champions League semi-finalists crumbled to a 3-0 defeat at Real Madrid in midweek that stretched their winless run to four matches.

Di Francesco has diagnosed a lack of intensity and focus as the problem and will turn to Kluivert on Sunday after omitting him from the matchday squad in Spain.

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