Rasmus Kristensen and Diego Llorente combined as Roma took to the field for the first time, drawing with Salernitana – and Forza Roma criticised the Leeds man made his debut for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Kristensen started on the right flank in a 3-5-2 system deployed by Mourinho. The 26-year-old will be looking to make a better impression at the Serie A giants than he did at Leeds, struggling his 30 games.

The Denmark star lasted 60 minutes with Llorente on the left of a back three. Roma took the lead with Andrea Belotti scoring. Tammy Abraham and Paulo Dybala both missing through injury and suspension.

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But Salernitana turned the game around against a lacklustre Roma, and Mourinho’s men needed Belotti to score again – just to win a point. Kristensen was replaced by Rick Karsdorp just after the hour mark.

Forza Roma summed up the performances of Roma’s players. Kristensen was handed a 5/10 rating, joint worst of the players that started. The report explains the difficulty Kristensen had during his first display.

“He drips with sweat every meter and has some difficulty integrating the up and down movements with Mancini behind him. He stays behind, disciplined. Too much,” Forza Roma said, giving him a 5/10 rating.

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“Right now he still seems to be a foreign body to the well-tested teamwork of the group. The hellish heat didn’t help. (65′ Karsdorp 6: not lightning, but it is clear he knows better what Mou wants on that side).”

Rasmus Kristensen criticised as Leeds man makes Roma debut

A quick look on social media and it is clear that Roma fans are already critical of the Danish defender. It did seem like a strange move – having struggled at Leeds, to then join a club like Roma for 2023-24.

Of course, this is only his first outing and there is plenty of time to get it right. But, Dutchman Karsdorp will fancy his chances in rivalry with Kristensen on the right – after the Leeds man’s first Roma outing.

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