At times a dour struggle, one moment of quality saw Juventus oust a determined Parma from the Coppa Italia. Fernando Llorente threaded a pass through for Alvaro Morata and he did the rest, showing composure to hold off defenders and steer his shot past Antonio Mirante. Before that 89th minute goal, the Bianconeri rarely threatened against a Gialloblu outfit that had sensed a potential upset. It proved a very different game to November’s 7-0 thrashing.
Morata’s goal was a timely boost as the January transfer window draws to a close. So far a quiet winter market for the Turin club, there are rumblings a signing is to be made in attack before Monday’s deadline. Amongst the names mentioned are Simone Zaza, Pablo Osvaldo and Giampaolo Pazzini.
“The January transfer window is dubbed the ‘repair transfer market’ and we do not need to repair anything,” director general Giuseppe Marotta stated earlier this month, “so we will only use this window to take advantage of any p现场骰宝otential opportunity.”
Judging by that list, Juve see value in targeting a prima punta. The desire to sign a striker before the window closes may have been hastened by the departure of Sebastian Giovinco to Toronto. The Atomic Ant could hold the key to any activity – should he leave this month instead of June then Juve will want another body in attack.
Such a move would be adding to a position stocked by their Spanish duo. Morata has displayed potential but as against Parma has showed his best form in coming from the bench to inject energy into the attack. Compatriot Llorente has not had the same impact in front of goal as his debut campaign, scoring just once in his last nine games. This may have prompted the interest elsewhere.
Is there a suitable fit to sign? Of those linked, Juventus see a talent in Italian international Zaza, but if he were to join now it would mean potentially missing half a season of further development at Sassuolo. Osvaldo has been in the news for all the wrong reasons and while well behaved in his last Turin loan stint, the Italo-Argentine is volatile. Pazzini is without a start or goal for Milan in Serie A, his lone strike coming in the Coppa.
Should Giovinco head to Canada immediately, Massimiliano Allegri could use a new central striker in addition to players already in his squad, Kingsley Coman and Simone Pepe. The paired flanked Llorente at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on Wednesday and the veteran was the best of an uninspired 888博彩bunch. Pepe’s number of appearances in the previous two seasons could be counted on one hand, but with two 90-minute showings in recent weeks he can provide Allegri with depth. Budding talent Coman has three starts under his belt and should Giovinco leave he would find more room to feature.
The trident attack got its first real run on Wednesday, while Morata’s introduction for Coman meant he and Llorente were fielded together for the first time. “This is another tactical variation we have in this squad, as we can all play together in different permutations,” the ex-Real Madrid striker stated afterwards. The tactician could well look to the Spanish duo again and add the impressive Carlos Tevez for Serie A and Champions League action. Fielding both Spaniards would require backup and Allegri dropped a further hint when he said: “Llorente needs a striker next to him and Morata has those characteristics.” Tevez played close to Llorente under Antonio Conte, but that has not been the case this term.
As Morata states, Allegri has a number of options available. Goals haven’t been an issue of late, but with tougher tests and the return of European action upcoming, another alternative in attack could suit the Bianconeri. In the upcoming days we may see the final piece of the jigsaw emergpt视讯e.