Breaking Down Juventus' Striker Conundrum with Llorente

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Breaking Down Juventus' Striker Conundrum with Llorente
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Fernando Llorente started his first match with Juventus at the weekend, scoring the winning goal against a stubborn, yet somewhat lucky, Hellas Verona.

The 2-1 scoreline was flattering to the visitors, who were dominated for the majority of the match, yet the Spanish centre-forward's goal will go down as a winning strike and a decisive contribution.

Having effectively taken a year off with Athletic Club last season, it is only natural to assume that Llorente is some way off the player that dominated La Liga and the Europa League for a season, attracting the Bianconeri to sign him on the pre-contract deal in January.

Yet Antonio Conte is reluctant to use the 28-year-old from the beginning, or even use him as the first option from the bench, as we saw in the Champions League match with Copenhagen.

The Old Lady have a plethora of options in the final third and Conte has yet to decide on how to bring the best out of Carlos Tevez.

The Argentine is so versatile that Juventus can chop and change for the time being, but when the all-important knock-out games in the Champions League arrive, Conte should be sure on the side best equipped to improve on last season's result.

Here are the options available and the for and against arguments for playing Llorente.

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