With the January transfer window fast approaching, Italian giants Juventus will be looking to bolster their attack in the hope of defending their Italian title. The Bianconeri have made it no secret that they are in the hunt for a big-name striker, and although they have alluded to a desire of not spending big bucks this window, qualification for the Champions League Round of 16 may just sway their hand.
According to Goal.com, talk surrounding the addition of new forwards to Juventus has focused on the likes of Fernando Llorente and Robert Lewandowski, However, I would think it remiss of the Old Lady not to consider bringing Chelsea forward Fernando Torres to Turin.
Much criticism has been heaped on Torres since his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Liverpool in 2011. Despite this, I am of the opinion that the Spanish international isn't all to blame for his noticeable dip in form.
Rather, I do believe that a major contributor to his poor performances has been the formation he has played in. As such, a move to a club that could compensate for Torres' ability could see him return to the peak of his performance—a club like Juventus.
Whilst playing at Liverpool, Torres was used in such a way that he had a player alongside him for the duration of the match. Steven Gerrard proved extremely effective in this role, allowing Torres to comfortably drop in deep where needed, a characteristic of Torres' game.
Many times during the course of a match, Chelsea's No. 9 will float into the gap between the opposition's midfield and defence to collect the ball. This, however, has proved an issue at Chelsea.
Why? Well, Chelsea's 4-2-3-1 preferred formation generally sees Torres placed up front and alone. Thus, if Torres drops deep, Chelsea lack penetration going forward.
Rafa Benitez could perhaps prove key in fixing this issue, but how about a move for Torres? Perhaps to Juventus, where the use of a twin striker system would ideally fit the Spaniard's playing style.
The Bianconeri have become accustomed to adopting a 3-5-2 formation, practically perfecting it—and winning the Scudetto in the process. The constant repositioning of players to form triangles on the pitch to keep possession is a key characteristic of their tactical approach to all matches.
Whilst much attention is given to Juventus' midfield to achieve this feat, it is the role of The Old Lady's forwards that is overlooked. Take a look below:
In their Champions League tie with Chelsea in Turin, Juventus forwards Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella demonstrated this to a T. As shown in the image above, the ability of either forward to drop into the space between the midfield and the defence—much the same way as Torres—to collect the ball, proves instrumental in Juve's push forward.
Once this takes place, Juventus' wide men then take the ball to the by-line, opening up most defences. Considering the general outcome of such a move is a ball whipped into the box, Torres would also prove effective, in the sense that he is proficient in the air.
The arrival of Benitez at Chelsea will potentially make it harder to probe Torres away from Chelsea in January. The new Chelsea boss has made it clear he would like to help the former Atletico man regain his confidence in front of the goal—whether Roman Abramovich agrees, though, is another story all together.
Whilst Juventus will maintain their transfer budget, which might not be big enough to land Torres, the offloading of fringe strikers such as Alessandro Matri and Nicklas Bendtner could pave the way for an arrival.
If Juventus could sign Torres in January, they could very well go on to win the Champions League this season.