1. Alex Sandro
Alex Sandro had a relatively decent start to the season. But like some of his teammates, he has recently endured a dip in form. Saturday’s game against Hellas Verona was Sandro’s seventh start this season.
There were clamours around the Brazilian not being able to give his best to the team’s cause last campaign and subsequently, reports emerged of Juventus adding a left-back to their ranks in the summer transfer window.
But amid the pandemic-impacted market, that suspected new addition who’d challenge Alex Sandro didn’t come to pass. In the left-back department, Allegri now has the 30-year-old and Luca Pellegrini, with Mattia De Sciglio currently out injured.
While the experienced Brazilian has been uninspiring in his performances of late, the young Italian might be the individual to challenge the veteran with his attacking prowess going forward.
Against the wing-backs of Inter Milan and Hellas Verona, Alex Sandro had a torrid time. He was incapable of bombing forward against a cunning customer in Matteo Darmian in the latest Derby d’Italia. After the introduction of Denzel Dumfries, however, Sandro, using his own wit, was able to win a decisive penalty late in the game.
Luca Pellegrini seems to be Juventus’ answer for the left-back position in the long term, although his lack of regular playing time has escalated rumours of him joining West Ham United on loan in the upcoming January transfer window.
Following the recent failures, Alex Sandro deserves to be dropped. He should know that he can’t take his position in the team for granted. With Danilo and two centre-halves sitting in defence, Allegri could hand Pellegrini his first start in the Champions League for Juventus this Tuesday.
The dynamic Italian offers plenty more from an attacking sense.