Juve's Problem: The Elephant in the Room
This is the summer Juve finally get it right, la vecchia signora returns to the top of Italian football. While everyone continues to write what a great transfer campaign Juventus is having, there are a number of issues nobody wants to discuss.
With a great player arriving in Turin on a weekly basis, many people (including me) are tipping Juventus to have a breakout season. Diego, Cannavaro, and Felipe Melo without a doubt make the team much stronger.
They will push Inter hard this term, with the difference in squad depth being much closer. The new coach, Ciro Ferrara, seems to have a clear vision of how he wants the team to play, and who he wants to be on that team.
We know the new players are players Ferrara wanted. We also know that Buffon, Chiellini, Legrotaille, Sissoko, Camoranesi, Amauri, Iaquinta, and Del Piero are important players. From the way Juve ended talks with Udinese about Gaetano D'Agostino, we also can safely assume that Marchisio, Giovinco, and De Ceglie are vital to the coach's plan.
And here's where the problem starts. Knowing who Ferrara wants also tells us who he doesn't want. There are players with big contracts at Vinovo who the coach clearly wants off his squad.
Mellberg being sold after just one year tells us he wasn't rated at all. Christian Poulsen has been told the same by Ferrara himself and looks to be holding out for the right club. Tiago has had chance after chance yet received a few choice words from Secco this week on his "value" to the club.
“We’ve had a number of offers for him, but he is not for sale,” stated the constantly-questioned Juve official. “He’s not going anywhere because we are counting on him for the new season. Coach Ciro Ferrara sees him as an important figure in a three-man midfield.”
Reading between the lines, the club has clearly had offers from clubs who want the Portuguese at a cut price. By stating he is wanted, clubs know they'll have to pay market value for a player Juve shelled out £11m on.
This brings me to my main point, one I don't make easily. David Trezeguet. There—I said it. I truly feel that his time in Turin is over, and I think Ferrara and the board agree. Nobody connected with the club will say it aloud, and certainly not in public.
You don't just ditch your all-time leading foreign goal scorer, a World Cup winner, and a man who stayed in Serie B. Not in the same year you lose Pavel Nedved anyway.
The club needs to sell Trez for a number of reasons. Firstly Ferrara wants to learn from Ranieri's mistakes and ensure playing time for Giovinco, selling the Frenchman makes Seba the fourth choice striker.
The most obvious reason is money. By selling Trezeguet, Juve would be free to pursue the defenders they need to complete the squad, including Santacroce and Grosso. Selling all three wouldn't significantly weaken the team.
Getting money for them would enable Secco to give the new coach the best chance to win, would gigive Juve fans the squad they have dreamed about since 2006.
Just whisper it quietly—elephants never forget!
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