Juventus Transfers: 4 Reasons Nicklas Bendtner's Career Will Be Revived in Turin
Nicklas Bendtner was particularly impressive for Denmark at Euro 2012, scoring twice in three matches and providing a glimpse of what the 24-year-old can do when he is full of confidence.
Arsenal decided to loan Bendtner out this season and it appeared as though the Danish international would sign with Siena, until Juventus registered their interest, and from that point on there was only one place that he wanted to play.
A fruitful loan spell with Sunderland at the tail end of last season gives us evidence to believe that when Bendtner is integral to a manager's plans, he can produce the goods, despite the contempt that many Premier League fans show him.
Here is why Bendtner can ignite his club career with the Bianconeri this season.
Juve's Genuine Width
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Juventus utilise a different formation than Arsenal, preferring a 3-5-2 formation that should better suit Bendtner's style.
When the Dane features, he will relish the genuine width that Juventus can offer from their wing-backs.
Stephan Lichsteiner, Mauricio Isla, Paolo De Ceglie and Kwadwo Asamoah all possess bundles of energy and are able to advance the ball in to wide areas and deliver quality crosses. This could become a great option for the Bianconeri when opponents decide to sit deep and put men behind the ball.
Bendtner is terrific in the air, due to his 1.95m frame, which should be of much more use to Juventus than Arsenal, who very rarely cross the ball in the air.
The physicality that Serie A centre-backs notoriously implement in their defending would normally be a tough obstacle for most strikers from other leagues around Europe, but Bendtner, once fully fit, should be able to deal with this challenge immediately.
Juve's Ability to Launch Long Passes
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Another facet of the way that Juve operate under Antonio Conte that can benefit Bendtner will be the amount of midfielders who can pass the ball in a multitude of ways.
The likes of Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo can all launch an accurate long ball into the chest of a forward. Given that Bendtner possesses exceptional control from long passes, the Dane can thrive from this kind of service such as was never afforded to him while he was with Arsenal.
This does not always mean that the ball must be played aerially, as Bendtner will enjoy the opportunity to run the width of the penalty area while Juve are in possession of the ball. Arsene Wenger would often demand that his striker stay more central, frequently with his back to goal, in order to facilitate the sharp passes from the inverted wingers.
The Gunners tend to use a more possession-based style of football, so the striker tends to be much closer to the ball in the first place, with the opponent's defence much deeper, which limits the space in behind. Given that Bendtner is not exceptionally quick off the mark, it makes it tough to find space.
With Juve's ability to maintain possession in deeper areas, drawing opponents to press them a little higher up the pitch, Bendtner can thrive by making runs into the channels to stretch opponents.
Little Pressure at First
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Something else that will work in favour of Bendtner is the lack of pressure with the Bianconeri, who are not expecting him to deliver immediately.
Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco are seemingly assured of their starting roles with Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella ready to contribute from the bench. Any production from Bendtner this season will therefore be a bonus.
It has been reported that Bendtner arrived at the club somewhat overweight, so Juve are the ideal team for him now. The Bianconeri are in superb form, which means that Bendtner's services do not appear to be required immediately.
As the season develops and Juve begin to rotate the squad, Bendtner will get his opportunities. Juve have to contend with the Champions League this season and the bigger squad will be fully utilised in order for the Bianconeri to be successful in all competitions.
Ability to Bring Others into Play
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Sebastian Giovinco enjoyed the form of his career last season at Parma, thriving in the same system that the Bianconeri use presently.
For the majority of last season Roberto Donadoni paired Giovinco with Sergio Floccari, a big, strong centre-forward who would always be able to link with the Formica Atomica when Parma were in possession.
Juve will obviously enjoy larger spells of possession than Parma, which means Giovinco will get more touches to affect the match.
Mirko Vucinic is a wonderful player, capable of moments of magic, but the sort of partnership that Giovinco formed with Floccari appears to be tougher to replicate with the Montenegrin, who also enjoys dropping into deeper areas.
Nicklas Bendtner seems to be the best partner for Giovinco in this regard, something that the Dane will hope to prove when he is eventually afforded the opportunity.
In addition to the ability to bring the best out of Giovinco with knock-downs and flick-ons, Bendtner can hold the ball up better than Juve's other strikers too, which can benefit other members of the team.
The midfield runs from deep, from the likes of Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal, can be utilised much more effectively when Bendtner is in the side.