FW Federico Bernardeschi
The contract renewal discussions with Federico Bernardeschi continue to operate at a standstill, and many Juventini are wondering why the club would even entertain the ex-Fiorentina man’s demands. After all, Bernardeschi has been one of Juve’s most underwhelming players over the past couple of seasons, never quite living up to the expectations of his €40m transfer fee.
However, Bernardeschi does have a few things going for him, if we are to be completely honest. Aside from the fact that he occasionally shows signs of the class that brought him to Turin a few years ago, such as the seven key passes performance against Zenit in the Champions League, Bernardeschi offers versatility.
The 28-year-old can operate from either flank, and the left-footer is also able to play centrally as a support striker or attacking midfielder. Now, his touch with Juve is so unpredictable that few would ever want to play him in these positions, but he has a track record there with other teams.
It is puzzling to watch some of Bernardeschi’s matches with Italy and to look back on his time with Fiorentina, then see how much he has struggled in Turin. There was even hope that Max Allegri could coax the best version of Bernardeschi, but the Italian’s upsurge in December proved to be a mere false dawn.
There is no guarantee Bernardeschi will be out the door, but given his up-and-down performances in Serie A this season and the ongoing contract negotiations, it is fair to say that many Juventini are prepared to wave a lukewarm goodbye.