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Opinion: Juve’s youngsters are the clear antidote for Allegri’s barren midfield

August 23, 2022 - 2:45 pm

A new campaign, the same old dilemma.

For what feels like the umpteenth season in a row, Juventus simply lack any sort of creativity in the middle of the park.

To the management’s credit, they did sign Paul Pogba to improve this dire situation, while they’re refusing to give up on Leandro Paredes. But with the former out with an injury and the latter’s arrival still blocked by complex negotiations with PSG, the Bianconeri are left with a bunch of runners who struggle to hold up the ball or forge a series of productive passes.

When it comes to Adrien Rabiot, Weston McKennie and Denis Zakaria, none of them is utterly terrible at football as some of the fans on Twitter may suggest. It’s just a case of too many at the same time. Juventus – or simply any other club for that matter – don’t need to have them all starting at once, especially against opponents who give away very little space which prevents them from doing what they’re best at (you know, the running).

Some would even argue that Manuel Locatelli should be added to this category. But for the Italian’s credit, his quality on the ball is decent enough for a box-to-box midfielder, but is arguably insufficient for his current role as a deep-lying playmaker.

On Monday, the large part of the away fixture against Sampdoria highlighted the midfield’s technical limitations, with Dusan Vlahovic left exiled and starving for service. Yet, the final stretch of the match revealed the antidote for this ever-growing disease.

Following the introduction of Fabio Miretti, Juventus finally began to display glimpses of creativity, with the teenager’s SMART runs and fabulous passing creating all sort of danger for the home side. It was actually his movement and clever pass that orchestrated Rabiot’s harshly disallowed goal.

With Nicolò Rovella added to the mix in the final 10 minutes, the midfield came to life thanks to the Regista’s lively cameo and brave performance, even though it proved to be too little too late to change what seemed to be an inevitable stalemate. To be fair, we hardly deserved any better following such hollow performance.

But at the end of the day, these two wasted points should at the very least serve as an obvious lesson for Max Allegri and his staff:

Juventus must simply trust their youngsters.

We football fans have an unhealthy obsession with young players, especially when they’re youth products of the club. We often believe that the club can resolve any issue within the first team by promoting a starlet from the Primavera.

While this notion can be wrong more often than not, at the moment, the Old Lady simply has no other option but thrusting her young soldiers into the action.

Once upon a time, Juventus had the luxury to decide whether to trust youngsters or simply disregard them. After all, who needs juveniles in the presence of some of the most established names in the business.

However, those days are long gone, and with the current bunch of players, the Bianconeri’s remaining glimmer of hope for salvaging the campaign might well rest on the young shoulders of Miretti, Rovella and company.

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    Sam August 23, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    I don’t understand what Max Allegri is thinking ( if he has a brain) but what worse could happen by playing the youngsters ? Fabio Miretti n nicola Rovella are clearly better options at the moment and any couch would agree….but it seems to me that Allegri insists on proving everyone wrong but that hasn’t happened yet!!

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      martinn August 23, 2022 at 4:14 pm

      have you seen his octagon formation lool =) he has rabiot at the centre. the youngsters are sht oin his shoe. #AllegriOut

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    martinn August 23, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    and he`ll never use them

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    Rich August 23, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    It really highlights the difference of max taking over a failing team last season and struggling to get it going vs when he arrived the first time after conte built a team that would never stop and gave everything. He may be a tactician but there’s no denying he doesn’t seem to be able to unite and light a fire like conte did for him last time!

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    Dennis August 23, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Allegri is such a frustrating coach to have in the theme you support! The decision makers at Juve seem to be blind too.