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You may argue that Ale Matri doesn't quite deserve the label of "stud," but remember, this is a guy who scored 20 goals between Cagliari and Juve two seasons ago.
Matri's full seasons with Juve have been more up and down. He scored 10 goals a year ago but none after scoring the February equalizer in the controversial 1-1 draw Juve snatched against AC Milan. The addition of Sebastian Giovinco made his opportunities scarcer, and he struggled mightily. The last six weeks have produced a spurt of good form for Matri, and he goes into next week's matches with six goals in Serie A, along with two goals and two assists in the Champions League.
Now, what can be said here about Matri can be said about almost any other Juve striker. Fernando Llorente is on the way, youngster Richmond Boakye bagging goals in bunches on loan at Serie B Sassuolo and rumors abound about other top strikers from Ciro Immobile to Luis Suarez to Stevan Jovetic arriving at the club over the summer. If Juve's underperforming forwards want to stay in productive roles in Turin next year, they need to show something now.
This is especially true of Matri and Fabio Quagliarella, as Mirko Vucinic may be safe regardless, if for no other reason than his status as Jovetic's hero may finally bring his fellow Montenegrin to the club.
Matri is a true poacher. What happens when he gets possession of the ball is fully dependent on his first touch. If it's true, goalkeepers beware. If it's off, Juve fans will likely be groaning as the defense sprits the ball in the opposite direction.
It's looking more and more likely that Matri's time in Turin may be over. He needs to use the last 10 matches of the season (plus the remainder of the Champions League) to make enough of an impression for Antonio Conte—or another coach—to believe that he can be an instrumental part of a team's forward line.