Juventus Transfers: Why Juventus Must Sign Liverpool's Luis Suarez

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentJuly 31, 2012

Juventus Transfers: Why Juventus Must Sign Liverpool's Luis Suarez

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    Juventus are attempting to audaciously sign both Robin van Persie and Luis Suárez, according to Ben Smith at BBC Sport.

    Compatriot and former Juve forward Daniel Fonseca told Tuttosport (via goal.com): 

    Suarez and Cavani would fit easily into the Juve system: they are mobile forwards with great goalscoring instincts. There isn't a €20 million [£16m] gap between them in terms of their value and, of the two, I'd prefer to see Suarez go to Juventus.

    Here's why Juve must sign Liverpool's Suárez. 


Juventus Lacks a World-Class Forward

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    Alessandro Matri needs to be more dominant in front of goals because Juventus won in spite of him, not because of him. 

    Mirko Vučinić's nine goals from 102 shots makes for sorry reading. 

    Marco Borriello spent more time grooming his hair than scoring goals—thank goodness he's not coming back. 

    Fabio Quagliarella's future is up in the air. As talented as he is, he's never scored 20 league goals in a season. 

    Sebastian Giovinco will be world-class if he is paired up with a complete forward like Luis Suárez.

    Regarding Richmond Boakye, he should be loaned out to a low-mid tier Serie A club. 

Luis Suárez's Quality

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    Luis Suárez's 11 Premier League goals from 128 shots is beyond disappointing. Remember this is a guy that used to score goals for fun in the Eredivisie. 

    There were a multitude of reasons why Suárez was inefficient last season: he was burdened with an inept, uncultured and clumsy Andy Carroll. Then there was Stewart "Nothing" Downing and Charlie "Hollywood passes only" Adam.

    The racial vilification saga involving Patrice Evra psychologically affected the Uruguayan. The woodwork consistently denying Suárez was another obstacle. 

    Last season, he showed glimpses of world-class ability: a magical hat trick against Norwich City, excellence in a 3-0 win over Everton, and four goals against Chile.

    A few weeks ago, he embarrassed the Chileans again, this time scoring a hat trick in a 6-4 win. 

    He is a special forward. 

Fitting Luis Suárez into Juventus' Starting XI

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    It's a testament to Antonio Conte's greatness that Juventus went unbeaten in Serie A without a productive forward. 

    Just imagine how dangerous Juve will be with Luis Suárez, Sebastian Giovinco playing the seconda punta role and the MVP midfield dictating terms. 

    There are two slight issues with the above lineup. Paolo De Ceglie won't be the next Cristian Molinaro, which is a good thing, but De Ceglie is still a weak link. There's a reason why the dynamic Pablo Armero has been linked with Juve.    

    Mauricio Isla spent the large majority of last season as a centre midfielder. Can he just turn back into an elite wing-back? 

Robin Van Persie or Luis Suárez?

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    Here's a statistical analysis of Robin van Persie and Luis Suárez. 


    League Only Van Persie Suárez
    Goals 30 11
    Shots Per Goal 5.8 11.6
    Assists 9 3
    Shots Created 92 64
    Dribbles Per Game 1.1 2.5


    It's a pipe dream for Juventus to sign both van Persie and Luis Suárez.

    The Dutchman is the most attainable because he wants to leave Arsenal. However, Juve need to take into consideration that he has suffered a fractured metatarsal, a knee ligament tear and ruptured ankle ligaments. 

    Suárez has the higher upside. 

Liverpool's Perspective

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    Luis Suárez works hard without possession. He can dribble, score and create. He is the dream forward for Brendan Rodgers. 

    Rodgers should resign in protest if Suárez is sold.


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