Time up for Bernardeschi?
We’re now into the final month of the 2021/22 season and Federico Bernardeschi’s contract situation is yet to be resolved.
After impressing last December, Bernardeschi has been an afterthought in 2022 but he’s had several chances in recent weeks to convince the Bianconeri hierarchy that he’s worth having around for a few more years. His run started well with a goal against his former club to help Juve into the Coppa Italia final, but the Italian’s contributed close to nothing in his last two outings.
The assertive Bernardeschi that rounded off 2021 in style has been usurped by the flakier iteration that fans have so often lamented during his time at the club. On Sunday, he was outmatched athletically by Venezia left-back Ridgeciano Haps and he struggled to work anything down the right.
Allegri’s asymmetric structure meant he was forced to hold the width down his flank, but it wasn’t until he was given more freedom to drift centrally after the restart that he started to show off his creative potential.
Still, Bernardeschi was brought off before the hour having not made a notable contribution. It may well be his last start for the Bianconeri before the end of the season with Juan Cuadrado set to return for Friday’s game against Genoa.