CM Adrien Rabiot
Adrien Rabiot has some positive qualities as a ball-carrier and ball-winner, but because he is not elite in either category, his weaknesses do hold Juventus back. The experienced French midfielder sticks out as the weak link in the middle of the park.
Weston McKennie can offer similar qualities as a tackler and ball-carrier in a wide midfield or number eight role, and he is also the smarter and more consistent player.
This is the latest big club where Rabiot has struggled to assert himself. A club that is a step down from Juventus makes more sense for the languid Frenchman. Juve, if they adjust their asking price accordingly, should be able to find a transfer partner for the 26-year-old.
He can help another club out. But his days in Turin seem numbered after another mediocre campaign. If Juve part ways with Max Allegri, you’d think the new manager would almost certainly want to replace Rabiot.
So in that sense, much of Rabiot’s future hinges on the future of the manager, which is also up in the air. Even if Allegri stays, Rabiot is not safe. I doubt Juve’s upper management looks at Rabiot as a guy who is going to improve, and with his wages, he is not living up to the expectations that he would be an above-average starter for the Bianconeri.