Serie A strugglers Juventus need to be in Europe next season along with a top class striker

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  • Serie A strugglers Juventus need to be in Europe next season along with a top class striker

Serie A strugglers Juventus need to be in Europe next season along with a top class striker

Last season, Juventus were dreadful and are trying to forget the unsuccessful campaign.

This season, fans saw the Old Lady feeling young as they started the season very strongly and initial observations forced everyone believe that the Bianconeri is ready for a title assault.

A 3-1 victory at the San Siro against current leaders AC Milan back in October further strengthened the fans’ belief that Juventus may go on to lift the Scudetto.

Any such dreams were shattered though!

The collapse started in November as Juventus started with drawing easily ‘winnable’ games against the likes of Lecce, Cagliari and Bari. The aforementioned teams are currently fighting relegation which just shows how woeful have Juventus sometimes been.  December was another forgetful month as the start announced the knocking out of Juventus from the Europa League in the group stages.

The New Year came amidst great hopes from both fans and players. Things didn’t work out once again as Parma and Napoli exploited the seemingly growing short-comings of a Juventus side that is still aiming to become a complete team once again.

Things are going totally ‘not according to plan’ for the Turin giants. One hole is fixed and another hole is exposed on the ceiling.

If Juventus doesn’t qualify for the Champions League or the Europa Leaguethis season, it would be an even bigger shambolic disaster to the team than the one that failed so miserably last season.

The Juve fans have been admirably patient enough to see their team perform like a mediocre Serie A side.

Although, the Turin giants managed to beat Roma 2-0, there is still so much work to do in order to take Juventus back to the glory days. The new transfer policy was a great step taken by the board. According to the policy, the club will look to bring in young players to the team. However, right now, a long-term project in no way guarantees a Champions League/Europa League place.

Putting more emphasis on the European competitions is important because playing in Europe is essential in taking a club forward in many ways. The competition brings money. Even more so, it’s not just the initial money involved. Increasing increments are paid to teams who advance in the tournament. But most of all, the tournament increases a club’s prestige and increase crowd attendances.

Although it seems very hard for the club right now to qualify for the Champions League or the Europa League they still have to try till the end to finish the current season on a high. For clubs with a history of trophies and cabinets full of them, qualification to the cash-laden tournament is not a priority. It’s a necessity!

The team still lacks class in the striking department. David Trezeguet was allowed to leave the club and in a very strange turn of events, an old ‘form’ of Luca Toni arrived in the January transfer window. Alessandro Matri was also brought in but the youngster has much to prove at the club. With Quagliarella out injured, it is high time that Juventus should plunge in the summer transfer market to bring in a world class striker whether they feature in the Champions League or not next season.

Many options would be available in the summer transfer window and Juventus should table an offer for a striker who can guarantee goals and who can also take the goalscoring pressure off Quagliarella when he comes back from injury. Moreover, a new striker isn’t an option no more for the Old Lady – it is a necessity. If the Old Lady is to avoid another dreadful or forgetful season next time, the officials of the Vecchia Signora should dig inside their pockets to make some arrangements of scoring goals in the next season.



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