4 Reasons Why Juventus Need Domenico Berardi Alongside Tevez and Llorente
Domenico Berardi was discovered by Sassuolo while playing five-a-side football with his brother's friends in Modena. Less than four years later, he's one of the hottest young prospects in world football.
The tall, aggressive, lightning-quick forward from Cariati in the southern region of Calabria is currently 50 percent owned by Juventus, which means the Bianconeri must enter into a blind bidding process at the end of the season with Sassuolo to decide the player's future.
They'll win, of course, but what they do with the player after that remains up for debate. Bringing a teenager into a side like Juventus is always a risk, especially when there are several experienced and talented forwards already available.
That said, Antonio Conte has shown huge faith in Paul Pogba, and he had that trust repaid by some stellar performances this year. By bringing Berardi to Turin, the manager can build for the future while at the same time adding a lethal attacking option to his squad.
His Performance Against Milan
Ordinarily, it can be dangerous to get carried away about one outstanding performance from a youngster.
However, it's not every day that a teenager puts four goals past a Serie A side in one game. In fact, no one younger than Berardi has done it since the great Silvio Piola in the 1930s.
The striker also became the first person to ever score four in a single game against Milan.
Even though the Rossoneri have had a tough time of it this season, having the ability to devastate one of Europe's great clubs is a rare thing indeed. Juventus should nurture and cherish it.
The Ability to Change a Difficult Game
The Bianconeri travelled to Naples without the suspended Carlos Tevez, and they struggled all night to find a spark in front of goal. In the end, they sunk to a 2-0 loss—only their second defeat all season.
Any side would suffer the loss of a talent like Tevez, but having Berardi on the bench would have given Antonio Conte a more potent option to replace him with.
Dani Osvaldo, who found it difficult to find playing time at Southampton in the EPL, is clearly not the forward that Juventus need long-term.
Next season, Conte will want to push for the latter stages of the Champions League and will need all the firepower he can get.
Players like Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella will likely be moving on, and they will need replacing. Rather than looking elsewhere or bringing in another loan signing like Osvaldo, he should put his faith in the young striker that the club already owns 50 percent of.
Allow Him to Learn from a Master
Berardi is a forward. He's effective in front of goal and could learn a lot from Juventus' top two hitmen, Tevez and Fernando Llorente.
However, he could also learn plenty from midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo, because Berardi has shown some ability with the dead ball and an eye for a defence-splitting pass.
Bringing the Sassuolo man to Turin would strengthen Juve's squad for next season, but it would also provide the 19-year-old with the perfect school at which to fine-tune his craft.
He'll get more playing time on loan at a smaller club, but he'll lose out on playing with the very best every weekend—something that any great young prospect needs.
For proof, look no farther than Paul Pogba.
Tie Him Down Before Others Lure Him Away
He'd proven his talent long before, but when a teenager scores four goals in 47 minutes against a side like AC Milan, it's going to be big news in the football world.
Unsurprisingly, Berardi's name is now on the tongue of every gossip-monger and transfer tipster in Europe.
The striker has earned his shot at the big time after an influential season in Serie B, when he was vital in Sassuolo's successful promotion push, and another positive year up front for the Neroverdi in Serie A.
Juve own 50 percent of his contract, and as such have a big say in his future, but they need to tie him down before he, his agent or another one of Europe's big clubs starts pushing for a move abroad.