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The Rabiot dilemma – What will the future hold for the Juventus midfielder

September 16, 2021 - 10:00 pm

In the last two campaigns, Adrien Rabiot was arguably one of the most frustrating players at Juventus. Since his emergence to the scene as a young talent at Paris Saint Germain, the Frenchman appeared to possess all the tools needed to become a complete midfielder .

But for one reason or another, the 26-year-old hasn’t been able to put it all together, even if he managed to impress on some rare occasions.

For Massimiliano Allegri, Rabiot is an “extraordinary player”, and he has been betting on his talents since the start of the campaign. The returning manager is thrusting the France international is a hybrid role between a left winger and a box-to-box midfielder in his newly adopted 4-4-2 formation.

Although he struggled in the first Serie A matches, the former PSG man put up a big performance against Malmo in the Champions League, prompting the coach to confirm him in his new role when Juventus host Milan this Sunday.

According to Calciomercato via ILBianconero, Allegri considers Rabiot to be an important part of his squad, but the club is unlikely to renew his contract anytime soon.

The Frenchman’s deal runs until 2023, but his relatively high salary (7 million euros per year) poses a major problem. Rabiot is one of the highest earners within the squad alongside the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Paulo Dybala and Aaron Ramsey.

Amidst the current financial difficulties, the Bianconeri management are working on lowering the wage-bill, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure can be a prime example of the newly-adopted policy.

So despite being appreciated but the manager, the player’s high salary puts his Juventus future in great jeopardy.

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    chpo September 17, 2021 at 8:43 am

    It’s not that difficult. He’s an attacking midfielder only. He’s strong in doing headers, shooting at goal even from distance and can run with the ball, being physically strong.
    What he can’t do is shielding the ball and work well in any defensive manner, always causing fouls or losing the ball in dangerous positions next to his own goal. Just try him behind the strikers or sell otherwise!

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    juvemania September 17, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    i agreed. he is good as attacking support midfielder but really bad at defensive things.
    6M for him? no thx.
    pesina is more complete midfielder than rabiot.
    locatelli is more complete box to box than rabiot.
    tonali is a beast now and have more to over to balance the team.
    barella is a machine, the incarnation of arturo vidal.
    rabbiot is one dimensional player. he will be good playing at EPL.
    but in seri A with high expectation for cleansheet? no. a team with rabiot will never archive defensive solidity.
    it is better to sold him and get a more balance mid.
    PSG sticked with veratti because rabbiot could not offers what veratti did.

    just a win againts malmo couldn’t write off all rabbiot bad matches.
    allegri had a problem with one youngster doing 1 good pass and people called him the next ballon dor. but he praised rabbiot so high like he ditched all those bad seasons rabbiot played.

    rabbiot just our version of sergei in lazio. a one trick ponny. probably useful in one match but couldn’t created anything whe he stuck.