CM Arthur Melo
Although Arthur Melo has more use to Juventus and significantly more upside, he, too, has been a disappointment since joining the club in 2020. At the time, Juventini thought they had ripped off a then-spiralling Barcelona. In truth, they have already ‘won’ the deal, because Miralem Pjanic was indeed finished at the highest level and did nothing for La Blaugrana.
Unfortunately, that says nothing positive about Arthur. The Brazilian central midfielder just isn’t clicking in Turin. Whether under Andrea Pirlo or Max Allegri, the tricky midfielder has never looked fully comfortable in the iconic Bianconeri strip.
Arthur has made just 13 appearances in Serie A this season, with more of those matches coming off the bench than in the starting XI. At 25, Arthur can no longer be called one for the future. Juventus must expect him to perform now, and with his proclivity towards holding the ball and his lack of overall dynamism, Arthur is not performing. He is not able to carry out the defensive duties Allegri wants from a Juve midfielder, and fans are beginning to grow frustrated with how one-dimensional Arthur is as a player.
There are some things Arthur is great at. He is great at dribbling under pressure and carrying the ball. It seems tethered to his feet at times, and that is special to see. But Arthur struggles at pretty much everything else. He is a weak, unwilling, and inept defender when it comes to timing and reading the game. Offensively, he passes like a coward, failing to make progressive actions. Everything feels disjointed once Arthur has to pass, as graceful as his feet are on the ball.
Juventus may try to wait for their ‘investment’ – it’s not like trading Pjanic was much of a sacrifice on Juve’s part – to pay off. But in truth, if Juve can get an offer from a club whom Arthur fits better, they should take it and invest elsewhere.