Marseille's Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match
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Scouting Juventus target Michy Batshuayi

June 24, 2016 - 12:41 pm

Alvaro Morata is gone. It was a painful transfer saga but finally Real Madrid decided to activate their buy-back clause of €30 million. The one positive: Juventus can finally hunt for a replacement.

One player that has been consistently linked with a potential transfer to Turin is Michy Batshuayi. Marseille are a financial mess and need to balance their books by June 30 in order to avoid punishments. They rate the Belgium international at €38 million, but could be forced to settle on a lower fee due to their financial issues.

Batshuayi moving to Juventus has very much become a possibility, the biggest competition coming from Tottenham and West Ham, so without further ado, lets take a look at this Belgian striker.

Street baller

You can say a lot of things about the 22-year-old, but one always comes to mind: Batshuayi is a natural born scorer. It’s been in his DNA since he first set foot on a pitch. However, when you see him play, there’s no denying his technical skills, quick feet and dribbling prowess. Not surprisingly, Michy started playing the game on the streets of Brussels, in the Park Pirsoul in Sint-Agatha-Berchem, alongside current professionals Ilombe Mboyo (FC Sion), Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (Standard Liege), and Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness).

From Brussels, Batshuayi joined the youth ranks of Anderlecht and Standard Liege, where he made his senior debut at the age of just 17 in 2011 during an encounter with KAA Gent. The next season, he became a fixed starter for Standard, scoring 6, 12, and 21 league goals during his three full seasons at the club.

In 2014 he joined Marseille in a €6 million deal. During his first season, Batshuayi had to fight for his place as Andre-Pierre Gignac was the club’s starting forward. The Belgian was still able to find the net 9 times in 26 Ligue 1 appearances. When Gignac departed for Mexico, Batshuayi became l’OM’s first striker and the 22-year-old didn’t disappoint, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, including 17 in Ligue 1 and 4 in the Europa League.


Bad boy

Juve would likely be thrilled if Batshuayi was able to score the same amount of goals in Serie A; In fact, that would be stunning considering his age. However, the Belgian also has a knack for being a bad boy and hasn’t reached a mental level that’s suited to play for the Old Lady, of which there have been plenty of examples.

Batshuayi spent just one season in Anderlecht’s youth ranks before joining Standard Liege. Not because the latter one stole him away, but because the former were tired of his poor behaviour. “They were right to kick me out. I wasn’t an angel to say the least,” Batshuayi was quoted saying in an interview. Luckily, Standard held on to him despite numerous suspensions, mainly due to issues with authority.

Even when he was one the club’s star players, Batshuayi was never far from trouble. He picked up a stupid red card early during the 2012/2013 season and was benched for a month due to his negative attitude. That same attitude got him criticised by his Belgian team-mates and coach Marc Wilmots during a practice at Euro 2016 earlier this month. Batshuayi has registered just five caps for Belgium partly due to his bad boy mentality, which got him kicked-out from the Under-21 team in 2013 after hooking up with some call girls in a hotel room.

Mister goalgetter

Juventus have a decen enough history of turning ‘bad boy’ types into stars,  a most recent example being Carlos Tevez, who might have been one of the biggest BB’s in football at the time. Batshuayi is eager to win trophies and feels he’s ready to take the leap forward in order to play Champions League football, while continuing to develop his game.

Batshuayi’s game needs work, which is pretty logical for a guy born in 1993. Next to his lack of big game experience, the Belgian has to keep his emotions in check. At Marseille, he looked frustrated on a number of occasions. No doubt, his team’s struggles played into that, but Batshuayi also struggled with consistency, scoring just six league goals in 2016. And he’s primed to make at least one silly foul every game.

But how about positives? The man looks like a complete striker. He’s quick, powerful, technically skilled, great with the ball, pretty strong in the air, has great timing in the box, and always seems to be on the right place at the right time. Batshuayi scores so many “lucky” goals that they can’t be considered “lucky”. He’s not at the Pippo Inzaghi level, but he comes pretty close.

He’s a very strong runner with a massive upper-body, which allows him to create space between him and his defender. Crucial for a striker to score in the box, especially when combining this with his excellent timing. He’s also very refined at holding off his marker and consequently shooting on target. Last but not least, Batshuayi provided 9 assists last season, as he’s capable of being a target man upfront.

So what’s the conclusion? Batshuayi would be a great get for Juventus. Marseille’s valuation of €38 million is a bit high, but if the Old Lady can land him for €30-33 million, they have done very well. Michy is more versatile than Simone Zaza and could easily replace Mario Mandzukic in the long run. His talent is too obvious and his will to be the best is too big to deny him living up to expectations.


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    Jas June 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    This would be a dream come true in my opinion. The guy has lightning fast pace and ball control, miles ahead of Morata. Although he is not physically and mentally as strong as Morata, I think Allegri can influence him the right way. Honestly, 30 million for this kid is a bargain considering how inflated the market has become. I would go as far as 40 for Michy! With him and Dybala in the lineup we would finally have two agile strikers. Morata and Mandzukic and even zaza are really not that fast. Can you imagine our counter attack with him and dybala? jesus……… If Beppe manages to pull this off I honestly would bow down as we’ve pretty much got all our transfer targets.

    Think of how much upside this kid has!! He’s managed over 20 goals with a very mediocre Marseille side, now imagine what he could do with Juve’s midfield!!

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      ADP#10 June 24, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      I think Alexis Sanchez would be a better option though, and one that is still realistic.

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        muhammad najeeb syed June 24, 2016 at 7:11 pm

        I agree with you but the question is do allegri think of starting both dybala and sanchez together in his system.If yes then he should be our main target and guys like basthuayi as back up .If not then whoever our scouts think is best should be bought. Obviously sanchez is not coming if he is the 3rd forward in rankings. Buying Alexis sanchez is also quite doable with morata money and Seria A new squad rules.

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          ADP#10 June 24, 2016 at 11:28 pm

          I think Sanchez can definitely fit. He just needs to move a bit more central to accommodate Dybala, but Sanchez is world class so he can do it. He can play pretty much anywhere in attack. Allegri only plays with a front 2, so Sanchez-Dybala would be amazing. I know the stats don’t tell the whole story, but in the last 2 seasons, Morata scored 27 goals in 93, while Sanchez scored 42 in the same number of games. From all reports, he would cost 42M approximately, totally worth it.

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      LMJuveDK June 24, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      I’m with you on this. I would love to see this guy play next to Dybala.

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      muhammad najeeb syed June 24, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      40 mil is basically what O.M want.

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    thegutterpoet June 25, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Not sure I would class Tevez as an enfant terrible! Carlitos fell foul of Mancini…other than which his desire, drive on the field and general behaviour elsewhere has been top drawer. Perhaps in today’s sanitized shiny product of football real bad boys of the game have become a dying breed. Suarez is the only one who comes to mind…whom I despise, for obvious reasons. But who else?

    I like the look of the Belgian, whilst lacking the skill set of Morata, or the flair of Dybala, or the power of Zaza, he seems a natural born goal-scorer.Which whilst perhaps is less popular to see in the top sides in these times of false nines and the like, can still be found at some clubs of renown. Giroud at Arsenal for example…Costa at Chelsea. Not many, but I would welcome the pace and goalscoring ability of Batshuayi. A good age and offers something different to Zaza and the others in our striking department. We haven’t had an out and out goal-scorer since Trezeguet departed.Or at least one of any real quality. Seems a good move. Yet clearly the defences in France are far weaker than he would face in Italy, but on the other hand the Juve side around him is hugely superior to the OM side he has prospered in this last season…

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      ADP#10 June 25, 2016 at 3:47 am

      TGP what do you think are the chances of us signing Alexis Sanchez? You can take into consideration everything, including Brexit and anything that would have a say in his transfer. Sanchez is just as fast as Cuadrado I feel, and he has something which Cuadrado unfortunately will never have; consistent and quality end-product.

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        Dar Black June 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm

        If they want to take advantage of the devaluation of sterling against the euro they had better move fast. I don’t think that will last too long. Otherwise I can’t see brexit being a factor any way. The EPL will still be getting a ton of extra money from August onwards. Arsenal are not going to be skint anytime soon!

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        thegutterpoet June 26, 2016 at 2:44 am

        Sanchez would be a huge signing and we do offer what could be viewed by some as a stronger chance at winning the champions league than he finds at Arsenal. As Db said below…old man wenger may well be extended, which will not be met with universal approval in the Gooners rank and file, far from it. He is a well liked manager, his tenure has been dignified and fairly successful, but for too long Arsenal supporters have watched their fortunes flatter to deceive then stagnate. And the common feeling is that they will not win the premier league or in europe with Wenger remaining in place. This sentiment may permeate into the players…

        I suspect the pound will stabilize in the near to mid term future, long before the mass hysteria on social media dies down where everyone suddenly has a major opinion on politics, everyone is suddenly a major expert on the intricate and often bizarre machinations of the financial sectors both domestically and on the international stage, everyone is an expert on the outcome of discussions which will not even begin until after October and could stretch for many years…Unfortunately, these social media whores will continue soiling themselves with hollow pride and a sense of righteousness, more willing to label all Leave voters as racist, right wing scum, idiots, or senior citizens who suddenly do not seem to matter so much, than to open their minds and look for the real reasons there was a majority vote – small as it was – to disengage from the EU project. Indeed, its easier to keep swallowing the spoon fed bullshit and asking for seconds…

        Even with the pound weaker(for now) Arsenal can still afford to pay Sanchez far more than we can. The soon to begin new TV sponsorship deal gives even the bottom ranked premier league side next season, similar amount in revenue to what we will receive from the Serie A deal if we finish top…London will also continue to prosper and prove a vibrant, attractive, hugely multi-cultural city. I cannot see much changing for the top players to be honest. Something to consider in 2018…perhaps.

        Yes he would be a world class signing…but I cannot see Arsenal letting him go, and if they did, other clubs could and would pay considerably more in transfer fee and wages.

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          ADP#10 June 26, 2016 at 4:53 am

          I know very little about Brexit itself, and being a Canadian living at home, nor quite frankly do I give a shit about it. But it must be said, that second paragraph was a joy to read, and it is so true.

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          Dar Black June 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm

          Re your 2nd paragraph GP. One of the most acutely sensible and accurate things i’ve read in the last 2 days since we voted to leave (well I did anyway). And I’ve read a lot of articles since then. Well done.

          What you said and a piece by Owen Jones says it all about why the peasants revolted.

          I’ve been utterly disgusted by the liberal metropolitan elites’ reaction to the vote. Their sense of loss of self entitlement is staggering. Oh how the unemployed masses in the slums of England must be sad that these lucky folk may not be able to afford latte’s anymore if they lose their 6 figure banking job… And as for the kids who are angry, well I read only just over 17% of them could even be bothered to get off their butt and vote. Perhaps if they put their smartphone down and engaged in the real world instead of the virtual one they seem to inhabit they may have got the result they wanted. Hey kids, it’s called democracy, and people died in wars so you had vote. Try using it!

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          Gerald Quinn June 26, 2016 at 10:46 pm

          I much Rather: Sterling or Jesse Zardes than Alexis sanches. Sterling and Zardes are both far younger than Sanches and they both have the potential to exceed him in form and such in the neir future, not to mention they are both faster (which we DESPERATELY need)

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            Dar Black June 28, 2016 at 1:19 am

            Sterling? Get out of it. The biggest turkey of recent times. No finishing ability, and his brains write cheques his feet can’t cash. Twinkle toes, runs into opposing players and gets dispossessed time and timd again. He never learns hix lesson, as a flyweight player with no sense of balance don’t run at big defenders who can just push you off the ball. Gad an awful season for MC, and an embarrassment for England at the EC’s – should never have been allowed on the plane to France. Andros Townsend was far better than him in form, if onkg Roy Hodgedonwas not a complete tw*t to pick him. Has gone backwards since leaving Liverpool.

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            Gerald Quinn June 29, 2016 at 8:35 am

            “his brains write cheques his feet can’t cash. Twinkle toes, runs into
            opposing players and gets dispossessed time and time again.- should never have been allowed on the plane to France.” Lol ha ha ha You savage AF lol. Idk i havent been following the euro cup ive been following the Copa America instead, so havent seen sterling in national team this term. Yea i also heard some MC people had expected a lot more, Point is every player has his ups and downs and diffrent players respond better under diffrent coaches; Im a Liverpool fan in english football, so only speak of his time there, I dont really follow MC so idk i guess his form took a major dip from what you describe. back from when i use to see him play he had a lot of potential, it would have been great for him to work under Jurgen Klopp shame he came to late to liverpool. Also i changed my mind about Alexis Sanches after his great performances Vs Mexico, Vs colombia and Vs Argentina im convinced of his skill. The reason why i opposed it at first is because it seems his form has dipped in Arsenal, from his time at Barcelona

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      Jas June 26, 2016 at 1:13 am

      Not sure I agree with your points on Michy. I don’t think Morata is ahead of this kid, people seem to forget how inconsistent morata was. Michy became on of France’s top scorers with a Marseille team that lacked all sorts of quality, they finished bottom half of the table. Sanchez is better but also 5 years older. Am I the only that thinks Michy will be a hugeee hit for us?

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        thegutterpoet June 26, 2016 at 2:28 am

        I’ve seen barely anything of the player, Jas…And assume you have followed his season with more zeal and attention? If you are suggesting he is of the level of Morata of the season before last, then my interest grows swiftly!

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          Jas June 26, 2016 at 6:24 pm

          Apologies if I sounded arrogant there lol 🙂 that juve burning passion haha. But yes if I had to scout one striker to get this season it would no doubt be this kid. In our affordable range of course!! Sanchez is a better player right now, there is no denying that but he is also 5 years older plus he wont cost anything below 55-60 million in this market. That to me would be a waste of money on a player that would make us better but not allot better. People take this kids attitude in question but give me one player that Juve has had that stayed a sour apple in the squad? last 10 years? You can make the case for Pogba too, he is very flashy but this organization is not amateur at transforming players on personal basis. I think Evra said it the best, he said something along the lines of ” this is the most professional organization i’ve ever been part of” he didnt even know he was alergic to eggs untill he came to juve… Kind of getting offtrack here but the point i am trying to make is that there is much raw talent in Michy, he has lightning fast pace and can dribble as good as anyone while on the run. If he is this good around and I repeat an average at best Marseille team then imagine for Juve?

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            thegutterpoet June 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

            Not at all, Jas! I am keen to learn more of the Belgian from others who watch the french league. And appreciate you sharing a far more educated view of the player than I could glean from heading straight to youtube and whoscored!

            What causes me to hesitate on the move is that he is been chased by West Ham and Spurs, but apparently none of the elite clubs. Still, London has its huge appeal and riches. Yet surely the player would prefer a champions league club and to play in a squad of some of the finest talent in the world game, especially the young guns…Pogba, Dybala, Sandro.

            Also rather telling is the complete absence of any quotes from Juve…Still, clearly we are chasing a replacement for Marota, and the talents of Batshuayi seem to include pace and goal scoring. SO he fits the bill.

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      BelgianJuventino June 27, 2016 at 4:50 am

      Just a sidenote, but I think viewing Tevez as enfant terrible wasnt that very much off the mark. He also fell foul of the Argentinean national coach, whose name I forgot. And I remember some accidents concerning him, one of them for example that shirt he wore to mock Ferguson dying or something, I only remember it vaguely.

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        thegutterpoet June 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

        Different times. For me, the last bad boy of the premier league was Joey Barton. Before which Keane, and of course my beloved Cantona. old man Vinnie Jones deserves a mention. I guess I see bickering with managers as less of a bad boy routine than those who display savagery on the field, though Anelka is one of the similar crowd to which I suppose Tevez can be added. The game in England has become so watered down over the years, as its revenues and exposure have progressed. Players get away with far less, they play act far more and its actually Serie A where I find more manliness and cultured thuggery on the field.

        Indeed, I recall the Fergie bother, which went both ways though Carlitos perhaps took it a little further. Still, he was not the first to find bother with Fergie.

        I am intrigued at the manner of change of how players forge reputations, increasingly so in England more off the field than on it. We seem to learn so much less of any controversy of players in other leagues. Juve have had their fair share…Big Leo crunching the thieves. I recall Ravanelli intervening at a robbery and of course the last true menace we had in our ranks, Paulo Montero…who I vaguely recall headbutting a reporter who was taking pictures of his children over the fence of his garden…I miss dear Paulo. His glare was often enough to cause opponents to melt.

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    BelgianJuventino June 25, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Nice article Vince! And I agree to you conclusion, Batshuayi is worth a shot. Not sure he can directly replace Morata, but as long as we have Mandzukic, I don’t think we’re even looking for a starting striker.

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      Gerald Quinn June 26, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Mandzukic is a descent striker…perhaps you can argue “good” but he is not the striker we need. in order for juventus to win the Champions league, and for juventus to be undisputed-ly recognized by the whole world to be on par with Madrid,Barca and Bayern, We need a top class, grade A, world class, Top shelf, Killer of a Striker…and Mandzukic is not even close to that level and niether was Morata. Point is we need a Top class/Top shelf Striker …im fine with Mandzukic as second or third choice, but not as first, if he is first choice and “if” we buy Mitchy and he doesnt even reach Morata’s level by the finals. We will go another year without winning the champions league (mark my words). We need the likes of Griezman or Lacazete or Payet, Origi . Juve needs to let some cash loose.

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        BelgianJuventino June 27, 2016 at 4:47 am

        I wasnt stating an opinion mate, I was stating what I think is Juve’s view on it. I think Dybala-Mandzukic will be the starting duo next season as well, despite who comes in to replace Morata.

        Morata was top class in CL though.

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    EricJuve June 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    This player will be a waste of money. His style suits the premier league and I don’t think he is scudetto material.

    We should try to steal Ibrahimovic. A great prospect I have been following closely is Gio Simeone. I think he could be lure to Italy.

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      bogdan June 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Yep, i am of the same opinion. Yes, he looks flashy and he is talented but I don’t know , it’s something in his attitude that I think will not suit Juve very well. And as an opinion of mine (I know this one will not be very popular) black players tend to have a very bad atitude (Pogba is kind of an exception), especially the ones that are raised in Europe and in my opinion a very good attitude of our players was one of the best weapons we had in the last years.

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        BelgianJuventino June 27, 2016 at 5:02 am

        What makes black players have a bad attitude according to you? I would be more careful with such statements mate.

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          bogdan June 27, 2016 at 12:24 pm

          Yes, i knew it would not be a popular opinion but I stand by it. It’s harsh but in my opinion most of the African players born in Europe tend to have a attitude where they consider themselves as superior (superstars ) or far better than they are for real, and this attitude could ruin promising careers. I’m not saying that this happens to all but I think it’s more common to see talented black players that waste their talent because of their attitude. Maybe this could have something with the way they are educated in their family or something else, but it’s another discussion. On the other hand Caucasian players tend to be more responsible towards their career and in the long run could be better. Examples of black players that will sustain my argument: Balotelli (this is an obvious one),
          As I said at the beginning of my post , I am aware that this is not a very popular opinion but I think we should be entitled too express our opinion even when this could heart some others feelings. I don’t think that all this politically correct answers and opinions will reply express what everyone feels. Yes this thing looks bad on the black players but I am the first to say that on the other hand black players tend to be better physically, they tend to have speed, be stronger and have better stamina.

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            BelgianJuventino June 27, 2016 at 9:44 pm

            Mate, unpopular opinion is “I like to put cheese on my ice cream”, what you are saying is simply racism.

            There are high ranking officials who face charges for comments like this, I hope you realise that.

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            bogdan June 28, 2016 at 4:02 am

            Yes and that is a big problem in our society today, nobody can speak his mind because everything that has something to do with black people is racist … and look were Europe and America is in the last years. Anyway I’ ve stated my opinion about their attitude, something that I’ve said could be linked to the education given in their family and social soroundings so I wouldn’t be so fast in saying that it’s racist.( maybe the defeat of England from last night could be an indicator given that half of their team is of African origins) Not everything has to be linked to the race,maybe some things are linked to other causes that are predominant in a category of people(this doesn’t’ mean they all are the same). So I’m gonna stop this argument here because it’s s going nowhere and I don’t want to debate something that is tabu in our society on a site. Hope if this guy comes to Juve he will prove me wrong and I will be the first to admit it that I was wrong in his case !

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            BelgianJuventino June 28, 2016 at 5:23 am

            I am not further dignifying this crap with an answer.

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      Gerald Quinn June 26, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      I dont think he is a waste of money, the kid looks good and has a ton of potential, However he isnt what we are looking for nor what we need. he is fast but not like cuardado fast, and we need like cuardado fast, we also need a less of a gamble on scorinability to score. So we need Extreme pace and we need clinical finishing… However we also need cheap…Lacazette, Depay, Shurrle are the only strikers that comes to mind

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    DutchJuventus June 26, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    He scored today, was very active from the minute he subsituted in to the final whistle, did a great backflip but was a little too aggressive, which got him a yellow card. I didn’t know him before this match.

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    Gerald Quinn June 26, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    he is a nobody as far as im concerned, i hadn’t heard of him till this, and reading other comments i see i am not the only one. I love Juve, They are just a great a team as: Real Madrid, Barca, and Bayern Munchen but you know what Juve is missing to make the whole world realize we are on the same level? and to win the champions?…A top class striker, our defense and midfield are impeccable, especially with the addition of Pjanic, our Strikers? enh…Garbage. We arent going to win the champions league with: Mandzukic and Zaza and not even if Morata had stayed, as our top choice forwards…and this player is hardly the replacement of Morata as it stands, much less the top class forward we need. If anything he is the replacement of Zaza(but zaza hasn’t left lol). Juve needs to shell out cash on a top quality striker. Replacements for Morota are the likes of: Griezmann, Lacazette, Origi, Icardi; you know well known proven strikers bound to be the next Lewandowski, Muller, Benzema and Suarez.

    Honestly these are our best options (if we want to win the champions) : Lacazzete, Vargas ( Chilean foreward killing it in copa America, i dont know what team he is or anything though), Depay (manchester foreward, out of tuch with them but once he finds his game again he will be feared), Aubemeyang, or Sturridge Any other strikers are a gamble. My personal favorites would be Aubemeyang or Lacazzete. Aubemyang is more expensive, but Lacazzete costs almost as much as Mitchy(whom in my opinion is a gamble)

    If we are going to Gamble I rather see: Jesse Zardes (US striker who had an awesome Copa america and is realley fast and a good passer) Pulisic (very promisisng US foreward at only 17 he is already in the US national team, Tecatito( mexican winger really fast and good with skill moves and crosses) Hirving lozano (same story as tecatito, they both shined in copa america as well. All of the players i just mentioned are really fast..maybe not vargas, but the rest are super fast and would also be adequate for the loss of pace we are having in not keeping Cuadrado. Mitchy is alright but not enough; and i feel if Juve do get him they will leave it at that, and that would be a mistake.

    Also i would love to see the likes of Marco rues or hazard in the team on the flanks, but apparently that’s a wet dream, like Muller and Lewandowski, due to his price tag. 🙁

    PS: i am new here so hello to all. I am from the states, and yes Juve is my favorite team in italy and of all european leagues

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      Gerald Quinn June 26, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Andre Shurrle is also a very very good underrated option

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        thegutterpoet June 27, 2016 at 11:23 am

        Welcome to the community Gerald…I may have missed it, but from where do you hail?

        Indeed Schurrle is quality. Very hard working and very effective. However, its his old pal Matic who I still harbour hopes we could sign. He is a player who could dominate the base of our midfield for years to come. Yet I suspect Conte will wish to keep the trojans. A label both of these players could be given.

        Definitely find myself in a different stance in regards to the strikers. Though in total agreement with your assertion that we have not had a truly great striker for many moons. Not since Trezeguet. I see Tevez and Dybala as something between attacking midfielders and strikers, so will avoid mentioning our Argies…

        Mario is solid, and can do better than last term, yet his lack of pace and acceleration are a hindrance at the top level. Zaza is hard to judge, given he made the most of his chances and as Belgian Juventino’s report showed, his goals to minutes ratio was impressive. How he could fare with a run in the team is open to debate. But yes, I concur, we have a world class goalkeeper, defence and midfield, yet it is in attack where we are lacking.

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          Gerald Quinn June 29, 2016 at 9:13 am

          I Hail from a land that promises everything: Glamour, White Girls, Great Weather, Money, Fame and the occasional bumping into Hollywood Celebrities for brunch or dinner ….or so movies and bands like “the eagles” tell us, but in all truth delivers none of those things lol : Los angeles, California …well ive actually bumped into a celebrity or two….but none of the other things are true lol. If you have never visited Hollywood and have some high class glamour magic fairytale land where dreams come true more often then at Disneyland, i suggest you never ever ever visit, or your in for an aching heart and tears…posibly depression to, nope actually its guaranteed depression. Love your profile pic by the way its classy yet a big Fuck you to society with that cigarette lol … if only i can look like that when i light up lol.

          anyways onto football:

          “Mario is solid, and can do better than last term, yet his lack of pace and acceleration are a hindrance at the top level”

          that’s exactly my point! he was good for us up until now but if Juve is truly serious about the CL trophy we NEED a better CF because you well said it “lack of pace and acceleration are a hindrance at the top level” and it doesn’t get much more top level then beginning the quarter finals of CL

          people keep saying “he can do better now with Pjanic and Alves and X player in the team” but that’s the problem! we don’t need that. We don’t need a player who can do better, or worse, based on the other players on the pitch. We need that striker who takes matters into his own hands, who finds inspiration and conjures a beautiful art piece in final moments, that striker who can be playing with Pjanic, Pogba, Alves and Marchisio and he can still score the same as playing with the midfield and LB of a serie B team. We need a top class ST/CF/LF/RF. A player depandant on nobody but himself, with at least descent speed. Its more of a mentality thing im arguing about. And the Fact that the name Mandzukic likley makes Bayern, Barcelona and Madrid giggle

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            thegutterpoet June 30, 2016 at 12:48 pm

            Many thanks for the brief travel advice, my friend! I have zero interest in visiting the US, for many reasons I have no need or eagerness to delve into presently. Suffice to say, I sense enough from afar and from my own delvings over the last decade or so into global affairs with my ear to the ground listening to not only the mainstream western sounds but also those of other lands…It is instructive to be able to ask people when the last time they devoured Iranian news, Syrian news, Libyan news and to find the answer of the majority ‘never…’. Indeed, they are good corporate citizens, without even realising, Regurgitating the bullshit they are bombarded with from all angles, at all hours, wherever they look.

            We could likely engage in a jolly joust, yet back to the football…

            Mandzukic seemed the best fit for Dybala, and given the haphazard form of Morata, the decision was made, and yet, when it really mattered, in terms of the upper most reaching of our ambition, it was Morata who got the nod in the crunch game against the Germs, and we fared brilliantly, until…the Spaniard had nothing left to give. Had we a suitably speedy character to replace him and demand the Bayern defence hold back, stay careful, rather than push up and basically become extra midfielders, leaving us swamped and aching with a rear-guard action.

            Yet…Manduzkic is a worthy squad member, and does help us against the smaller sides, to gain those ever needed points to continue our domestic dominance.

            Essentially I agree with your stance, comrade. Believe we will find a new partner for Dybala, yet it may take time. Or perhaps not. For Zaza is the natural close fit for Mandzukic, although his defence is basically attacking with grievous desire to maim…i have too much energy focused elsewhere to continue, yet I will return here to complete the response on the morrow…

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      Jas June 26, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      You seem new so welcome to forum fellow Bianconeri!! I dont think our strikers are necessarily garbage, I think they are above average with Dybala being the exception. Of the names you’ve mentioned I dont think Origi or Icardi add any quality that we don’t already have in my opinion. Lacazette is good but I dont think he is much better than Michy, he just has more quality on the team he plays on(Lyon). On top of that I don’t think they should spend 50million on a striker right now. Depay is officially a Man U flop, Aubemeyang will probably cost 70 million and I doubt Sturridge wants to come to serie a. As you’ve seen today in the Belgium game, Batshuayi made an immediate impact and scored a goal. Michy was the 4th highest goal scorer in the French league even though Marseillie finished 13th in the league!! Sure Lacazette finished second with 4 more goals but Lyon finished second in the french league not mention he is 2 years older than Batshuayi. 30 million for a kid that has so much upside is a bargain in this market. Don’t forget, we were too cheap to pay Pescara a few more million for Verratti and look what he has blossomed.

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        Gerald Quinn June 26, 2016 at 11:14 pm

        Thanks glad to be here, Ive actually been hooked on this cite for two weeks, ive just been to lazy to sign up for Dysquis. Jesus christ! i did forget about Dyabla i was thinking more of CF position which Zaza and Mandzukic often take. I consider Dyabla more on the sides, yea i love Dyabla, and think he is our best Striker. I did not see the game actually i could check the game highlights later though …the reason why i called Mandzukic and Zaza garbage is mostly to make a point, like yea they are good strikers, but they aren’t what we need, nor should have at this point. Mandzukic did not impress me at Bayern i actually hated him, i stopped following him when he went to Atletico, He has improved and has me seeing him more in a positive light here at Juve rather then in his time at bayern, However still, he isnt what we need and for juve; To have a clear shot at beating Bayern/Madrid/Barcelona in a final for the champions, he needs to be a second option striker. We need a Top shelf, Can create a goal from air (makes a real diffrence type of player) and frankly Mandzukic and Zaza arent it for me

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      BelgianJuventino June 27, 2016 at 4:58 am

      Welcome to the site!

      Origi and Batshuayi are very similar actually, Origi is just more experienced(and many dont know him either)
      I would rather shoot myself than see Icardi wear a Juve jersey. He is genuinely a piece of shit.

      Lacazette would be a fine addition in my view too. But so is Batshuayi. Griezmann is too expensive for us.

      I never heard the players you named afterwards, but its great to see new possibilities – I am confident Juve scouts are tracking the Copa America teams as well.

      Lewandowski is the man I would love to have at Juve.. Unfortunately too expensive too.

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    Jas June 26, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    You seem new so welcome to forum fellow Bianconeri!! I dont think our strikers are necessarily garbage, I think they are above average with Dybala being the exception. Of the names you’ve mentioned I dont think Origi or Icardi add any quality that we don’t already have in my opinion. Lacazette is good but I dont think he is much better than Michy, he just has more quality on the team he plays on(Lyon). On top of that I don’t think they should spend 50million on a striker right now. Depay is officially a Man U flop, Aubemeyang will probably cost 70 million and I doubt Sturridge wants to come to serie a. As you’ve seen today in the Belgium game, Batshuayi made an immediate impact and scored a goal. Michy was the 4th highest goal scorer in the French league even though Marseillie finished 13th in the league!! Sure Lacazette finished second with 4 more goals but Lyon finished second in the french league not mention he is 2 years older than Batshuayi. 30 million for a kid that has so much upside is a bargain in this market. Don’t forget, we were too cheap to pay Pescara a few more million for Verratti and look what he has blossomed in to.

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    EricJuve June 27, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Alexis Sanchez will be an excellent signing. For the big money transfer, I think Luis Suarez would be much more beneficial than Lewandowski. Although Lewandowski is a world class player, his style suits as a holding striker.

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    Jas June 28, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Wow he signed for crystal palace..

    No ambition at all, what on earth is wrong with these players now at days. Really? a bottom premier league team? I get you are going to make a bit more money but is your marginal happiness that much greater if you make instead of 3 million?? This really pisses me off and if this is his character then he is not juve mentality at all.