Carlos Tevez battles AC Milan's Kevin Constant at the TIM Trophy tournament.
Over its two-year reign atop Italy's Serie A, Juventus has had one major flaw: a lack of clinical finishing from its forward line. Juve fans have been pining for top-level forwards, and this year Giuseppe Marotta finally granted their wish with Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez.
What Llorente brings to the bianconeri has already been covered here, so it's time to look at what qualities Tevez adds to Antoino Conte's side.
Unlike his new Spanish teammate, Tevez is not a No. 9 in the mold of former Juve striker David Trezeguet. At 5'9", the Argentine makes his living with the ball on the ground. To compare him to Alessandro Del Piero in terms of quality is definitely a disservice to il pinturicchio, but his style of play is very similar.
Tevez's skill set is vast. He's a fantastic dribbler of the ball—a trait that Argentines seem to share. He is also a great set-piece taker. Having a second viable option as a free-kick taker is an important thing for Conte to have with Andrea Pirlo another year older and more in need of rest as the season goes on.
But more important than any of that is his finishing ability.
Tevez has scored a total of 198 goals in 453 career club matches, a .44 goals per game average. For a team like Juve, whose strikers have been profligate in the extreme the last two years, the prospect of a finisher with Tevez's quality should have Juventus fans salivating.
The interplay between Tevez and Llorente is also a tantalizing prospect.
Tevez is a strong passer. Even in a down scoring season for him last year he recorded eight assists. Only nine players in the Premier League had more, and only two more equaled him. His passing abilities combined with Llorente's excellent first touch and finishing ability could turn into a lethal combination.
Off the field, Tevez brings the experience of deep runs into continental tournaments. Tevez won the Champions League with Manchester United in 2007-08 as well as the Copa Libertadores in 2003 when he was a teenager at Boca Juniors. For a team that now has designs on Europe's biggest prize, the knowledge of what it takes to go deep into a tournament is an valuable, if intangible, asset to the team.
Detractors may claim that his off-field past could be a detriment to the clubhouse at some point down the line. So far, however, Tevez has earned nothing but praise. Antonio Conte commended his work ethic to Gazzetta dello Sport (via ESPNFC). ESPNFC also reported on an interview with the team's official web site on Monday in which Tevez said he is working harder than he has in years.
He seems to have fully bought into the culture that Conte has created at Juventus. A player as talented as Tevez who is fully committed to a team's cause can be a powerful force.
With Tevez's own creative ability and the supply line he'll have from Juventus' excellent midfield, Antonio Conte's forward line is far more deadly than it has been for the entirety of his tenure. The acquisition of Tevez helps Juve maintain the gap between themselves and the rest of the Serie A field, and it inches them that much closer to becoming a legitimate contender in the Champions League.
They may not be quite on the level of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but Tevez's gifts have pointed them in the right direction.