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All of Juventus' strikers bring unique skills to the table. The issue now is how to sort out which combination works best for the team.
Spoiler alert: It's Sebastian Giovinco and Fabio Quagliarella.
Of the five players, only three are actually viable candidates. Bendtner has done absolutely nothing to warrant a spot as a starter, while the coaches simply don't trust Matri. I think Matri should be given an honest chance, but based on the little I've seen this season, I can't possibly put him up as a starter.
So, why Giovinco and Quagliarella?
In recent weeks, Conte has decided to go with a Quagliarella-Vucinic pairing, with disastrous results. Anyone who follows my articles knows how I feel about the combination of these players.
Simply put, they're not compatible. Quagliarella spends too much time running around for Vucinic to have much of an impact on the game. The Italian soaks up too many passes from the midfielders for Vucinic to be effective in his role of target man.
Quagliarella doesn't offer Vucinic much of a target to pass the ball to, because he plays away from the Montenegrin. He's always looking at the space in the back of the defense, which Vucinic can't reach with his back towards goal.
When both players face goal, they each have a tendency to creep inside and not take advantage from the space on the wings. As a result, instead of creating space for each other, they actually get in each other's way.
Vucinic and Giovinco can coexist, but both players are better in the role of provider. When they are on the field at the same time, Juventus don't have someone who specialises in scoring goals.
On the other hand, Giovinco and Quagliarella are a perfect match. Giovinco gets to play around on the wing as much as he wants, creating space for Quagliarella to put himself in one-on-one situations.
The Atomic Ant can take advantage of the fact Quagliarella plays away from him, as this opens up room for Giovinco to dribble inside and either find his partner in front of goal or take a shot himself.
With the mobility that both players bring, it creates lanes for midfielders to run forward and contribute in front of goal. Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio are both very good at scoring, but they need to get the chance to make runs into the box.
This constant movement makes things very hard on defenses and also provides an opportunity for everyone on the field to get involved, including players like Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli (who like to contribute to the play on the wings).
It even gives Juventus the room to use Andrea Pirlo and Bonucci's skills when playing the long ball, as both Giovinco and Quagliarella like to make runs behind the defense and try and slip past the offside trap.
To top it all off, it leaves Vucinic as a super-sub, ready to come on when the team is in need of an enforcer near the box. He gets to use his ability to hold on to the ball and provide assists against an already tired defense, which makes up for his lack of pace.
So there you have it: this writer believes Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco form the best pairing up front for the Bianconeri.
Disagree? Make sure to let me know in the comment section.