Ranking and Grading Juventus' Summer Transfer Signings on Form This Season
Following the upheaval endured by Juventus last summer, it has been interesting to watch how the club’s new signings have settled into the team under the careful guidance of head coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Making no fewer than 10 major acquisitions, it is perhaps no surprise that the side struggled in the early part of the campaign before things clicked into place.
Now firmly back in title contention, the Bianconeri have leaned heavily on some of these players to power their Scudetto challenge, while others have not fared so well.
What follows is a closer look at each signing, ranking them in terms of overall impact and grading their performances for the Turin giants thus far.
While Juventus have undoubtedly turned around their collective form, the signing of Hernanes continues to look like a mistake.
He has struggled whenever Allegri brought him into the lineup and—despite some improved cameos of late—he still appears to be unable to cope with the pressure that comes with playing for the Bianconeri.
Yet to register a single goal or assist, the 30-year-old midfielder will need to make a dramatic improvement if he is to win over the clubs fans who have already begun to boo him.
9. Mario Lemina
While injuries have limited his impact, Mario Lemina has already shown some promise.
The midfielder has made just four league starts, but he scored against Napoli back in September and has been a reliable, if somewhat raw, talent.
According to statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, he has averaged 2.8 tackles and one interception while completing 92.3 percent of his pass attempts, with hopefully much more to come from the 22-year-old.
Backing up Gigi Buffon was never going to be easy, but Neto has done well on the few occasions Allegri opted to rest the club captain.
The goalkeeper took time to explain to Goal.com how he has found the first few months in Turin and how working alongside the Italy international has helped him improve:
I came to Juventus to be part of the group, it's one of the five, 10 greatest clubs in the world. It's the coach's decision as to whether I play or not, but I'm always ready.
I have a good relationship with Gigi, everyone knows he's a great professional and a wonderful person. To be able to learn from him day after day is a massive advantage to my growth as an athlete.
7. Daniele Rugani
Arguably Italy’s finest young defender, the experience Daniele Rugani is gaining by training alongside Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini every day will prove invaluable in the long term.
However, in the short term, the 21-year-old has made just four starts in all competitions, and he will hope to see that figure rise following Martin Caceres’ season-ending injury.
Rugani has looked calm and assured whenever Allegri has opted to utilise his ability, something that bodes well for both his future and that of Juventus.
6. Simone Zaza
Simone Zaza has had a strange start to life with the Bianconeri, clearly the fourth-choice striker in Allegri’s mind but often grabbing goals despite limited playing time.
The former Sassuolo man has scored six times in just 518 minutes, meaning he finds the net every 86.3 minutes he is on the pitch.
The problem, though, is that he has also earned five yellow cards and one red in that same time frame, and he must improve his disciplinary record if he is to become an effective Juventus player.
5. Juan Cuadrado
Like Zaza, Juan Cuadrado has also struggled to hold down a regular place in the side, but he too has made some decisive contributions, including the opening goal of the tough encounter with Frosinone on Sunday.
The Colombian winger has also added four assists and could prove to be an important member of the squad as the season reaches its conclusion.
4. Mario Mandzukic
Quickly establishing himself as the first-choice striker alongside Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic has built a fine rapport with the Argentinian and has certainly made a good impression.
Weighing in with nine goals and an assist, his Champions League experience has helped a relatively young side to progress in that competition.
3. Sami Khedira
Like Mandzukic, Sami Khedira has been a calming influence on Juventus but has struggled with a string of niggling injuries.
That is perhaps no surprise after he missed vast parts of the previous two campaigns, but there is little doubt over the impact the Germany international has made upon Juventus already.
Playing 15 matches, Khedira has contributed three goals and three assists, with the Bianconeri yet to taste defeat with him in the side as they recorded 13 wins and two draws in those outings.
2. Alex Sandro
Unlike many of Juve’s other new signings, Alex Sandro has had his path to the first team blocked not by injury but instead by the presence of Patrice Evra.
The Frenchman has continued to perform with superb consistency, but so too has his new team-mate, offering much more dynamism and energy than the former Manchester United man.
Sandro has scored two goals and added four assists while remaining a solid defender, averaging 1.8 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per game, according to figures from WhoScored.com.
1. Paulo Dybala
Paulo Dybala has proved to be the perfect fit for Juventus, slotting into the side comfortably and taking over from Carlos Tevez as its chief attacking force.
The Argentinian striker has weighed in with 16 goals and eight assists already, both figures representing team highs and underlining his importance to the Bianconeri.
“Did I expect to have scored so many by now?” the man himself pondered to Corriere dello Sport recently (h/t Football Italia). “To tell the truth no, I didn’t even think I would play this much either because I knew that coming to a team with so many strong forwards wouldn’t be at all easy,”
“But I came here with my head down to learn and listen to the advice of my teammates and improve,” he added, and Dybala has certainly done just that to undoubtedly be the best of Juve’s summer signings so far.