Juventus' Centre Midfield Problem: When Does Too Much Talent Become an Issue?
Juventus, in terms of transfer activity, have been one of the most active clubs this window. To this date they have secured the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Reto Ziegler, Stephen Lichtsteiner and most recently Arturo Vidal. Yet it is the signing of Vidal that has some Juventus faithful concerned, another central midfielder at the club? With the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Marchisio, Michele Pazienza and Manuel Giandonato already settled at Juve, Vidal's signing could push a few of these players back to the bench, dashing hopes of a regular start.
Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying that Arturo Vidal was not a good signing, in fact the Vidal's signing is probably the best Juventus has made. But what I am saying is the fact that the likes of Pirlo, Marchisio, Vidal and Pazienza will be fighting it out for the two central midfield starting spots, and that is bound to cause not only tension...but also players to leave.
A report from Goal.com would suggest that Claudio Marchisio (who has been playing on the left wing for the past season) is not content in his current position, and has thanked Antonio Conte for giving him the opportunity to play alongside Pirlo in the centre of midfield. In the interview Marchisio said "I'm a centre midfielder and not a winger. I have never had any doubts about this. The coach has now told me that he sees me like that too and I'm very pleased with his comments,"
The comments have crushed speculation that Marchisio would continue to play on the Left wing/midfield for Juventus, to fill the position whilst he is overlooked in the centre of the park. The comments also bring up the issue of who will actually fill the left space on the part. Rumours suggesting a move for Michel Bastos may just re-surface as a result of Marchisio's claims.
The risk with the situation that Juventus are in, is not that there will not be enough depth in the centre of the park, but rather the club may end up in a situation where they will have to forgo a great midfielder as a result of having too many great midfielders. In this scenario Marchisio could just leave the Bianconeri, and up and coming players such as Giandonato might just find another home.
Delicate time for the Bianconeri, it will be interesting to see how Antonio Conte reacts.
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