According to Mugur Guşatu, who once said that he had the young Ruud van Nistelrooy at Heerenveen, another Dutch striker had the honor of being compared to the great striker in the Netherlands.
While playing at NEC Nijmegen, Mihai Roman, the current leader of Craiova, was compared by his coach, Ernest Faber, a colleague with Ovidiu Left on PSV in the 90s, with the striker who evolved at Real Madrid and Man United.
“At NEC, coach Ernest Faber, a close friend of Ovidiu Left, played together at PSV Eindhoven. I was lucky to get injured and when I came back I played well, but my competitor, Santos, had scored as much as I was missing.
And yet, the coach relied on me, he told Left that he had not seen such completions until van Nistelrooy. He said it was a pleasure to look at me. At the end of the season, Faber left, and the new coach told me he didn't rely on me, although I was a golfer in the friendly. With him on the bench, NEC downgraded. So far they have not been able to return, although they have some great fans. My childhood dream was to play at Ajax, and I was making plans to get from NEC to Ajax, ”Roman told Oltenia TV.
He wanted to stay in Israel, being a faithful guy
Mihai Roman also mentioned the time spent in Israel, at Maccabi Petach Tikva, where he was loaned by NEC Nijmegen, and where he had remarkable developments.
“I liked Israel, the city, the team, the environment there, even though it was very hot. I also had Romario Pires with me, the one who is now at Hermannstadt and with whom I was still playing for Oil. He helped me in Israel. I played footvolley there, I liked this sport. At Maccabi I scored 8 goals in the championship and one in the Cup, I was successful and I wanted to stay.
I liked the cuisine there, especially the humus, which everyone ate and which I didn't like at first. I was going to the Holy Grave every week, and God was with me when I scored against Beitar Jerusalem. Hebrew is much easier than Dutch, if I had been teaching in Israel for a year, I had already learned a lot of words. I wanted to stay there, but the offer of those in Israel was not according to the claims of the Dutch from NEC Nijmegen, ”said the 28-year-old striker.
“I was of the same value as Mitriţă, Băluţă and Gustavo”
Although he had left Pandurii in the Netherlands from a fresh international position, Mihai Roman did not settle for returning to the country, even though playing at home, in Craiova, he failed to score any goals.
“I do not give bad luck or luck, I try to see where I am wrong. It was the best time of my career at Pandurii. When I came to Craiova, 3 years ago, it was hard for me to impose myself. I was at the same value as Mitriţă, Băluţă and Gustavo, but I was physically unprepared. Nothing came out to me, even when I was a starter, when Băluţă was injured.
I also missed a lot, because it was the pressure put on me, by the public, by everyone, and the system didn't benefit me either. I was not selfish, I came down to help my team, I do the defensive phase ”, said Roman, who was loaned by Craiova to ACS Poli Timisoara and then to FC Botosani.
Roman considers that he has made a pretty good championship, although after Victor Piţurcă's arrival he did not play much, then when Piţi left, Roman had problems with his heart.
“I had a good year in Botosani, then I returned to Craiova. In the summer I trained well and the season started well. The first goal I gave him in the first match, at Sabail, the first victory in the European Cups after 25 years, then I gave Dinamo a goal with a 2-0 away victory, for me it was important, being Oltean and we know what it means for us the matches with Dinamo. Then I scored a goal with Chindia, a 3 point goal, then another 3 point goal for the Volunteers ”says Roman Jr, as written on his shirt. “I did not like that I was called Roman II, because there is also Mihai Roman from Botosani, with whom I played there,” the Oltean revealed.