Why Patrice Evra Is a Perfect Fit for the Bianconeri
Having won three successive Italian titles, this summer has been a tumultuous one for Serie A giants Juventus, the Turin side still in shock from the abrupt resignation of Antonio Conte.
The Bianconeri looked to quickly steady the ship, almost immediately bringing in former Milan boss Massimilano Allegri.
It remains to be seen how Conte’s exit has affected the Old Lady’s transfer policy, but director general Beppe Marotta has already presented a number of new arrivals. Among them was the capture of Patrice Evra, the French international joining the club late last month.
According to Juve’s official website, the 33-year-old has moved from Manchester United for a fee of £1.2 million, to be paid in two separate instalments. The deal also includes an additional payment of £300,000 should La Madama qualify for the 2015-16 Champions League.
Over the following pages is a look at what Evra brings to Juventus, and why his transfer is a perfect fit for the Bianconeri.
1. He Fills a Void in the Squad
First and foremost, Patrice Evra’s arrival is a necessary one for the squad at Juventus, the club sorely in need of a specialist left-back. While his name may not have been the first suggestion before he was signed, the fee represents excellent value for money.
Evra, a proven international player with 61 caps for France, will enable Allegri to switch to an orthodox back four whenever he feels such a change is necessary. With Kwadwo Asamoah the first-choice wing-back in the usual 3-5-2 formation, there is no other player at the club able to reliably fill in such a role.
He is also a proven leader, another experienced voice to add to those of men such as Gigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Giorgio Chiellini.
2. His Champions League Experience Is Vital
One major problem for Juventus last term was their disappointing early exit from the Champions League, failing to progress from the group stage despite a relatively comfortable draw.
Evra spent eight seasons at Manchester United, a club regularly contesting the latter stages of European football’s elite competition, experience that could prove vital in Turin.
Most members of the Bianconeri squad had only made their tournament debuts during 2012-13, with only Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez having ever tasted the ultimate glory. In contrast, Evra helped the Old Trafford outfit reach the quarter-final or better in all but two of his years there, also reaching the 2004 final with Monaco.
Over the course of his career, Evra has played an astonishing 96 matches in European competition, and his knowledge of the game at the highest level will be invaluable to Juventus.
3. He's French!
While his nationality is not important, it is worth recognising the incredible success rate of French players at Juventus. From Michel Platini to David Trezeguet, many of the finest foreign player’s to represent the Old Lady have also turned out for Les Bleus.
Lilian Thuram, Didier Deschamps and, of course, Zinedine Zidane all enjoyed incredible success with the Turin giants, comfortably making the short trip across the Alps with great distinction.
All five men reached the final of the Champions League or European Cup at least once, a feat fans of La Madama will hope their newest Frenchman can emulate.
Further analysis of Evra's arrival at Juventus can be found here.