I don't think it is being stubborn to suggest there will be pressure on a player arriving as one of Juventus' most expensive signings ever
, and expectations of that player to play and perform.
Some of you seem to think it will be the club's desire that Dybala is Tevez' understudy; that he himself will be happy about that, and that all involved will think he has all the time in the world....
I suppose we will see about that.... I think the papers will be writing about Mr. 40 million not playing most the times he doesn't start. And I think that matters, also at Juve.
He will get minutes next season due to rotation, and he will replace Tevez in the starting line-up once Tevez leaves after next season.
I don't think it's more complicated than that.
That there is a difference here to Morata's case, who joined us from a rather different league, mostly because he didn't get to play in his old team and didn't look like getting the shot either, that is clear also.
Dybala is used to playing all the time, he is used to serieA. I am not saying that he is going to be complaining if he doesn't start right off the bat, but if he does well in his outings, it will be very difficult to have him on the bench.
Agreed, but when the time horizon for Tevez's permanent departure is only a season, i don't see this being an issue.
There was an article yesterday suggesting that Tevez might even stay longer than next season, partly because of Boca's Libertadores ban... don't know what to think of that. Either way we don't know.
In any case my point is that we should play to our strengths. And for a team that has Tevez, Morata, Dybala and - should we choose to - Berardi, I think there is a fair argument that playing with three forwards, all four of them very mobile and hard working actually, is better than playing most attacking midfielders we would be likely to get.
And i agree with that notion, i just don't see it as being likely because it is not popular with Italian teams. We have not historically played 3 up front either, so there is little precedence for it. It took us almost half the season just to get rid of Conte's 3-5-2, imagine how difficult it would be to implement something more offensive than the 4-3-1-2.
I also don't see Tevez staying past next season.
Tevez/Morata/Llorente/Matri is reason enough not to want a trident, and Coman obviously hasn't been trusted with meaningful games.
Tevez/Morata/Dybala/Berardi plus 5th striker would be..... an entirely different situation, because we'd have players whose tendencies fit a trident whereas today we have area strikers and Tevez.
We started the season with 3-5-2 and a few 4-3-1-2 experiments because Allegri built on what the team knew, and we transitioned to the 4-3-1-2 that has helped us be serious in Europe (and Evra attaining form has helped that). Don't see why such modifications cannot continue based on the quality of the players at Allegri's disposal?
It's possible but i don't think it's probable. As i said, it took us a long time to even ditch the 3-5-2, in fact our CL campaign pretty much had to be in jeopardy before Allegri switched to the back 4.
I don't have faith in Allegri being much of a risk-taker, he will go with the tried and tested unless it's not working.
Interesting last sentence to this article: http://www.calciomercato.com/news/la...-rugani-615650
Berardi almeno per tutta l'estate rimarrà a disposizione di Allegri che oltre a valutare una Juve col tridente puro, potrà così testarne l'affidabilità sia da seconda punta che da trequartista. E poi dipenderà tutto da lui.
Again - add Berardi to the picture with Dybala... I have a very difficult time seeing how we use assets somewhat efficiently if we are also to accommodate an attacking mid/playmaker.
Well first things first, we need to bring back Berardi before we can entertain such ideas. And that isn't certain for now.
Question is how much it takes to get someone you justify benching Dybala and or Berardi for. We pay 35-40 million for one and 15 million to resolve the others' half-share. Pereyra is cover for three midfield positions and can pitch in no matter our formation. Might be too much for him, but on current form not by too much considering his age and upside.
This is what it comes down to for me:
If we're going with the the 4-3-3, well and good. I have no complaints. But if we're sticking with the 4-3-1-2, i don't want us going into key matches with either Vidal or Pereyra being the 1. That to me is gross negligence.
Given that Dybala will likely replace Tevez i don't see why we should play him out of position for just a season as an AM. Berardi i don't know if he's got good enough footwork be able to pull off the position either, he is very effective but he isn't really a creative player. But i wouldn't mind him being tried there.
It just doesn't make sense to continue playing a formation which is heavily reliant on a playmaker, and then play someone out of position there or who is not good enough to play the position like Pereyra.
It amounts to incompetence. Surely Marotta can find us at least one decent alternative for the position. Even if it's a loan with option to buy.
I'm not expecting the world, i know with Dybala's transfer on the books, our remaining budget for the mercato is going to be slim. But this is an important position which needs reinforcing if things remain the same.