Another player pried from Fiorentina, Federico Chiesa’s time with the Bianconeri has been marred by injuries. After a productive first year with the club, the 25-year-old totaled just four league goals across the past two seasons. Limited playing time due to injury and frequent position changes led to a frustrating 2022-23 for Chiesa.
The Italian prefers life on the left wing but has deputized almost everywhere up front. Nonetheless, Allegri lined Chiesa up as the second striker throughout the preseason. Regardless of position, he needs continuity around him and an established role to flourish.
Despite his recent turbulence, Chiesa remains one of Italy’s most talented young players. There’s a reason Juve paid €65 million to make his loan from La Viola permanent last summer. The Genova native is a gifted playmaker who could bring the best out of Vlahovic as well.
Chiesa also serves to benefit from a Europe-free campaign after appearing 21 times in Serie A last year with only six starts. A struggle to gel with Allegri, paired with Chiesa’s contract expiring in 2025, makes this a defining year for his future at the club.
Liverpool exhibited interest during the window and his agent denied claims of exuberant contract demands should he sign an extension. Despite the noise, Juve continues to tread carefully under recently-appointed sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli. Giving the club’s crop of budding stars, including Chiesa, the opportunity to shine appears to be the current approach.
If Chiesa finds the form that produced 14 goals and 10 assists in all competitions during his first season in Turin, the Bianconeri attack will excel in 2023-24.