5 Bold Predictions for Alvaro Morata's Debut Season with Juventus
It has been an eventful month at Juventus, with the departure of Antonio Conte rocking the club to its very core.
The subsequent appointment of Massimiliano Allegri has led to many questioning whether the reigning champions remain favourites to retain that title in 2014-15.
Despite the coaching change, the club should still be the best on the peninsula, and it is relatively simple to argue that a fourth consecutive title will be headed to Turin.
Juventus have worked hard to improve the list of players available to Allegri, and analysing the new arrivals brings an interesting contrast.
Roberto Pereyra remains a questionable commodity; his ability to help La Madama will take time to assess properly.
As such, there is little doubt the arrival of Alvaro Morata at Juventus is the club's biggest signing this summer. Among a window which has seen relatively little action from the Bianconeri, the Spanish striker is comfortably the most intriguing among the new members of the squad.
On that note, here Bleacher Report makes five bold predictions for how Morata's first season at Juventus will pan out.
He Will Start More Games Than He Did Last Term
At Real Madrid last term, Morata struggled for playing time, making a total of just three league starts for Carlo Ancelotti's side.
That trend will simply not continue in Turin, coach Allegri and the club desperate for a third attacking player to join the Fernando Llorente-Carlos Tevez duo that thrived last term.
Expect Morata to become a regular fixture in the Bianconeri XI as the new season progresses.
And Score More Goals
Despite that limited action, Morata still scored eight goals last term, an exceptional return given his status as a bit-part player.
With an increase in his minutes, his superb conversion rate will inevitably lead to an increase in the regularity his name ends up on the score-sheet.
Stats site Squawka.com shows the 21-year-old found the target with 69 per cent of his shots in 2013-14, so expect his goal tally to comfortably hit double figures in his debut Serie A campaign.
With Surely a Few Headers Among Them
One surprising fact about Morata is that none of his goals last year were headers, Squawka.com showing he netted seven with his right foot and one via his left.
That he stands 1.90 meters (6'3") tall makes that odd, as does the same source showing he won 21 of 30 headed duals in 2013-14.
With Juve's penchant for good crosses into the box, expect the Spaniard finally to register one or more headed goals next term.
His Passing Will Improve, Quickly!
One standout point among Morata's stats last term was his poor pass completion rate, WhoScored.com showing he connected with just 69.2 per cent of his attempts in La Liga.
The same source highlights that figure would rank dead last among his new team-mates, with Llorente the poorest of Juve's squad, averaging 72.7 per cent.
With players such as Andrea Pirlo around, expect him to improve his ability in that department in a hurry.
There Will Be Continued Noise About a Real Madrid Return
As revealed by the official Juventus website, Morata's move to Turin comes with a caveat, Real Madrid retaining an option to buy back the striker in either the summer of 2016 or 2017.
Should he excel with the Bianconeri, there will be loud calls for him to return to the Spanish capital and represent his hometown club once again.