Solutions That Might Be Able To Revive The Old Lady

Saed Khatib@saed_khatibContributor IFebruary 14, 2010

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 14:  Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus FC celebrates victory after the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Genoa CFC at Stadio Olimpico on February 14, 2010 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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I will speak on behalf of all the Juventus fans when I say that we are all disappointed in our La Vecchia Signora. Well, looking at the state of Juventus, the term disappointed might be considered a kind word describing what the club is going through this season.

Its been 7 years since the club last won any title including the Scudetto, and that's definitely unacceptable at Italy's best club.

Since Juventus returned from their demotion to Serie B, the new management took a series of decisions which ensured Juve's doom over the course of 3 years and possibly more.

Secco, Juve's sport director, could be thoroughly blamed for all the wrong occurring in Turin. His record could be summed up in a sentence: Wrong decisions, wrong players, wrong managers, and most importantly wrong perception of the world of football.

The team called Juventus now doesn't consist of players who are fit to wear the shirt or to win titles. There aren't world-class players who can make the difference in tight matches.

The only players that are Juve material are a few. Mainly Buffon, Chiellini, Marchisio and Iaquinta could be put under that category. Del piero's days are numbered, Camoranesi though being a great player is injury prone and growing old, the same could be said about Trezeguet. Diego is undoubtedly a talented attacking midfielder, but the fact that he's surrounded by mediocre players isn't allowing him to show his full potential.

Juventus needs to make a revolution in the next transfer market, by uploading a lot of average players and getting excellent one's to have a useful squad.

Molinaro, Zebina, Melo, Cannavaro, Grosso, Grygera, H.Salihamidzic, Poulsen, Tiago and Amauri are players who don't deserve to be in such a prestigious club. Nevertheless, selling them would get the cash needed to buy some players that can secure titles.

Tiago may be on his way to make his loan deal at Atletico Madrid a permanent move, after manager Quique Sanchez Flores expressed that "he would like (Tiago) to remain in Spain beyond the end of the season".

Juventus's weak spots are very clear. Juve need a regista, a midfielder who is capable of distributing accurate passes, which they clearly lack. The club tried to purchase G.D'agostino at the beginning of the season but failed to do so, and ended up in buying F.Melo, an unnecessary third defensive midfielder.

Juve MUST attempt to purchase D'agostino come next season, but if they failed to do so there might be a cheaper option. Zvjezdan Misimovic, VFL Wolfsburg's Bosnian midfield maestro, is more than capable of filling the gap of a regista and his arrival can be possible with the sale of Poulsen and Melo. The same age as D'agostino, the Bosnian was an integral part in VFL Wolfsburg's first Bundesliga title, and though being an attacking midfielder, he could comfortably switch into the middle of the field.

M.Cacares is improving every match, and being both a young and versatile defender many people see it keen to make his loan deal from Barcelona a permanent one. His purchase is possible with the sale of Grosso, Grygera, and Zebina.

Juventus is also in a need of a promising central defender, and S.Rajkovic is the answer. On loan from Chelsea F.C to Twente, the 20 year old left back and central defender can answer many of Juve's defensive struggles. However, the only black spot in his career is that he spitted on a referee a year and a half ago and that resulted in banning him for a year from representing Serbia. It was early in his career and surely he has matured and won't repeat such an action.

S.Kjaer would be an excellent defensive prospect, highly talented and aware of the Italian game, but may bear an expensive price tag which Juve can't afford. Rannochia of Bari would also be a good option if Juve aren't able of securing Rajkovic's services.

An ideal move would be buying A.Kolarov. The 24 year-old left back has bags of potential and is providing solid performances with the Biancocelesti(Lazio). Securing his services would be an astute acquisition as he would play a long time at Juve since he's young and talented.

Or if Kolarov's arrival at Turin is impossible then I suggest buying the other half of D.Criscito's contract from Genoa. The 23 year old Italian left back seems to be one for the future and getting him would be a smart move.

Moving for Cameroonian star S.Tchoyi of Red Bull Salzburg would be an act of genius. Highly underrated, the 27 year old midfielder would be a compensation for F.Melo. In addition to his accurate tackles, sublime pace and magnificent stamina, Tchoyi is versatile as he can play as a holding midfielder. He projected solid performances in the Europa League with his club and played well in the ACN.

Juve need an old-fashioned target man besides Iaquinta to secure goals that are lacking nowadays, with the clumsy Amauri missing chances left and right.

A goal poacher such as the 26 year old Austrian striker M.Janko is needed. He scored 38 goals last season for eventual champions Red Bull Salzburg, and has scored 16 so far this season. We know that the Austrian BL can't be compared to the Calcio, but his displays with the national side, and his outstanding performance in the Europa league makes his signing a shrewd move.

Signing G.Pazzini would be the best option. If Sampadoria are willing to let him go, Juve shouldn't hesitate for a moment's time and should get him.

Or why not sign TSG Hoffenheim's dazzling striker V.Ibisevic? The 25 year-old Bosnian striker scored 19 goals in 19 matches last season before suffering an injury which put him on the sidelines for the end of the season. This year he scored 6 goals and supplied 3 assists in 21 fixtures, not half as impressive as he was last year. But you have to keep in mind that this is Hoffenheim we're talking about, it’s not that of a sturdy team so he's doing well with a mid-table team.

And to make things perfect Juve's manager should be Bordeaux's Blanc. Ok, now i know I'm asking too much but a man can dream.

I won't suggest people such as Dzeko because we need to be realistic here, Juve can't afford him. So the players included in my article are players that I atleast think are within Juve's transfer budget.

Therefore my ideal tactic with me considering finances is a 4-4-2 diamond system.


L.B: Kolarov or Criscito

C.B: Chiellini

c.b:Rajkovic (or Kjaer)

r.b: Cacares

D.M: Sissoko

C.M:D’agostino (or Misimovic)

C.M: Marchisio( Or Tchoyi)

A.M: Diego

St: Iaquinta(or Janko)

St: Pazzini(or Ibisevic)

If you have any opinions regarding better and cheaper players, it would be highly appreciated if you would share your thoughts.


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