Juventus FC: Why Sebastian Giovinco Has Regressed with the Bianconeri

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentMarch 28, 2013

Juventus FC: Why Sebastian Giovinco Has Regressed with the Bianconeri

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    Not only has Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco failed to live up to the expectations of Bianconeri supporters, but he’s also one of the most disliked footballers at the club.

    This article will inform you why he has regressed at Juve; statistically compare his current season to last season with Parma; discuss why he’s an easy target for Juventini; and reach a conclusion about his future.

    Feel free to comment below.  

Juventus: Sebastian Giovinco's Career Going Backwards

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    Sebastian Giovinco is tied with Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella as Juventus' top league goalscorer (7).

    Giovinco is one assist (6) behind Arturo Vidal (7) as the club's leading goal creator in Serie A.

    Statistics are black and white in that you can use the two aforementioned stats to spin a positive season for Sebastian.

    In reality, that isn't the case.


    Problems Juventini Have With Giovinco's Performances

    • He's fortunate to play with a club that has the best back three and the most complete midfield triumvirate in Europe, yet Seba is M.I.A. for extended periods of the season. He has gone without a goal in a three-game, seven-game and six-game stretch. Currently, he's on another another three-game goalless streak. 
    • Seba isn't clinical in front of goal as evidenced by his 11.6 shots per goal; Stephan El Shaarawy's SPG is substantially more efficient at 5.4.
    • La formica atomica hasn't been so explosive this season, with 24 Serie A players averaging more dribbles per game (1.7-plus) than him (1.6).
    • Why is that the case for someone with the combination of a low centre of gravity, quick feet and instant acceleration? He loses possession 67 percent of the time he attempts to take on an opposing player, hence why his DPG has been substandard this season.
    • Giovinco was expected to improve upon his displays at Parma. Unfortunately, he's regressed with the Bianconeri. 


    Giovinco 12-13 (Juve)
    Giovinco 11-12 (Parma)
    Giovinco 10-11 (Parma)


    G = goal/s; SPG = shots per goal; A = assist/s; SCPG = shots created per game; DPG = dribbles per game


    Sebastian hasn't helped his cause with some infuriatingly lackluster games for the Italian national team.

    Bringing you the anonymous ant, courtesy of Giancarlo Rinaldi (per Football Italia): 

    Hope he ups his game but Giovinco has been pretty much invisible so far. Formica Anonima. #forzaazzurri

    — Giancarlo Rinaldi (@ginkers) September 7, 2012

Why Portions of Juve Fans Hate Sebastian Giovinco

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    When you speak your mind, not everyone is going to nod and agree.

    Sebastian Giovinco shouldn't be surprised at all that some Juventus supporters are rooting for him to fail.

    As soon as Gio left the Bianconeri for Parma, it became clear that he had never heard of a particularly relevant idiom.

    "Don't bite the hand that feeds you."

    You can give him the benefit of the doubt for one bad PR mistake, but several is hard to come back from. 

    Seba, c'mon now—do you really think Juventini have 10-second Tom-like memory?

    If you're a real Juventino, you know exactly what I'm talking about.


    Moments Giovinco Would Like To Take Back

    1. Saying he didn't care about Juventus, despite the club owning half of his contract (from Corriere dello Sport via JuventusGroup.com).

    2. Persistently criticising Bianconeri management for not playing him, even though his shooting was beyond awful when he did get a chance.

    3. Showing a lack of class when he revealed plans to celebrate against Juventus if he scored. He then proceeded to complain again (from Parma TV via Salvatore Landolina at Goal.com): "I would be sorry for the Juventus fans as they like me [1], but I was not treated well. But this is my thing. In any case I will celebrate [2]."

    4. When asked to choose between AC Milan or Juve for the Scudetto, he chose the Rossoneri (from Corriere dello Sport via Forza Italian Football).

    5. Casting aspersions on Alessandro Del Piero's character because the great man didn't make some calls (from Corriere dello Sport via Goal.com's Salvatore Landolina).


    When the Bianconeri came calling, what did Giovinco do?

    He crawled back to the club that supposedly treated him so badly—guess they weren't too bad after all, eh?

    Back with his boyhood club, Sebastian couldn't understand why he was being booed, seemingly oblivious to the high standard set by the likes of Giampiero Boniperti, Omar Sívori, Roberto Baggio and Il Pinturicchio.

    As Gio netted a goal against relegation candidates Siena—which broke his six-game goalless run—instead of acknowledging the fans, he shushed them.

    No wonder he had to shut down his Facebook account due to the abuse from Juve tifosi (per Football Italia). 

    Seba wouldn't be in this perilous situation if he conducted himself with grace like ADP.



    [1] Fast forward to 2013: "Juventus fans liked me."

    [2] In fairness to Sebastian, he didn't celebrate his brace against 10-man [3] Juve when Parma won 4-1.

    [3] Felipe Melo cost the Bianconeri the match by kung-fu kicking Massimo Paci 17 minutes into the game.

Sebastian Giovinco's Future

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    Sebastian Giovinco better start learning how to say "You're a star," "best No. 9 in the world" or "most complete striker I've ever seen" in Spanish, because Fernando Llorente can help salvage the Italian's career with Juventus.

    Fernando is an all-round centre forward, who will divert attention away from Seba, giving the No. 12 space that he hasn't enjoyed this season.

    Gio or Alexis Sánchez? The Chilean because he can communicate with Fernando.

    Stevan Jovetić is the ideal target in a deep-lying forward role behind Llorente, but if Manchester City (from ESPN.co.uk) start bidding, then the Bianconeri have no chance.

    What do you think about Giovinco? Don't hesitate to comment below. 


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    Statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, EPL Index, Fox Soccer and Squawka.com.