2. In terms of midfield, the January transfer window would be significant!
A book might not be enough if we start filling it out with the mistakes that the Bianconeri midfield made against Hellas Verona on Saturday evening. The starting line-up was a formidable one, with Arthur Melo replacing Manuel Locatelli in the pivot. Adrien Rabiot, Juan Cuadrado, and Rodrigo Bentancur were his company.
Let’s start with Rabiot. The Frenchman has continued to showcase his dreadful form in Bianconeri colours. On Saturday, he went completely incognito, having only 25 touches of the ball. Alvaro Morata, despite having one of his worst games, had 46 touches.
Arthur Melo and Bentancur were not as anonymous as Rabiot but they failed to provide any sort of progression or penetration down the centre. In his first start following the return from injury, Arthur Melo was playing the Locatelli role. His start to the match was erroneous, with the Brazilian losing the ball that led to Juve’s first concession.
Juan Cuadrado was futile once again down the right. He made a plethora of good runs into the box and was able to find astute positions out wide but remained unsuccessful in providing that definite ball into the box. Perhaps a return to the right-back position is what Juan Cuadrado requires at the moment.
Rumours of Juventus being interested in signing a midfielder are widespread. This sort of dull midfield performance only enhances the likelihood of the Old Lady bringing in new names and offloading those deemed surplus to Allegri’s requirements in the approaching January transfer window.