It’s not easy being green Juan Jesus. After his arrival in 2016, he was never seen as an important piece of the puzzle, a pillar of our defense. With only 66 Serie A games in four full seasons, he was obviously never Roma's first choice.
Four seasons, four different trainers: Spalleti, Di Francesco, Ranieri and Fonseca. None of them saw a leader in JJ. A decent bench option, yes. But a certainty on the team sheet? A captain who would rally the troops and boss your defense? Your second voice on the pitch when things go wrong? Nope. That says something.
Although he has his flaws, this was a player who already had more than 140 appearances for Inter Milan before his 25th birthday to go along with an U-20 World Cup winner's medal from 2011 and an Olympic silver medal from London 2012. Despite that resume, and despite the fact that fans always wanted him out, Jesus remained a professional
But why? Why, why, why? Why was everyone so eager to get rid of JJ? He was no party animal like Radja, nor a hot head in the locker room like Osvaldo, Tachtsidis or Manolas (hey, no offence to Greek people). He was no useless 35-year-old eating up our wage bill, nor a super expensive buy like Schick or Iturbe.