Memories of winning the Serie A title are still fresh at Juventus, but with the curtain coming down on yet another fine season, it’s time to plan ahead and ensure success is sustained and delivered.
Look no further than Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain. The 25-year-old continues to be linked with a summer transfer to Juventus, according to various reports. Marca claims the Italians see Higuain as a desirable luxury, a striker who can take them to the next level and partner Fernando Llorente next season. Tuttosport (via Football-Italia.net) have listed the players the club could sign, with Higuain being one of many names associated with a summer move to Italy.
Despite the noise surrounding Higuain, a potential major investment, Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has been modest in how he envisages the club going forward. According to Football-Italia.net, the former Sampdoria chief watered down suggestions of major spending and changes.
However, having a top-name player in a team has become the fashion in football, and the Italians would do well to consider the Argentina international.
What you see is what you get with Higuain. He has scored 14 goals in 26 games and would be a welcome addition given that the appetite for trophies is always growing at Juve.
He scores plenty, and he will always finish a good chance compared to Llorente, Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri. The Real Madrid man is a great scorer, and although Juventus’ current staff up front are graceful, the club needs someone like Higuain who will do the job in the Champions League.
If Juventus had Higuain this term, things could have been different again Bayern Munich. It’s simple, the striker would offer Juve something extra, not just superficial gloss.
Looking towards next season, Juventus will likely have serious aspirations on the continent. Surely, directors in Turin will not just want to keep up with the Barcelonas, Bayern Munichs and Real Madrids of the football world, they want and need to leave them behind.
The Italians have a great defensive unit with Gianluigi Buffon in goal, protected by the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli. The midfield is second to none: Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal can be lethal.
However, up front is where they need to change. Alessandro Del Piero left a huge hole that has never been filled. Quagliarella and Matri are good—a safe bet—but are they worthy of a regular place in the starting XI? Can they make the difference in big games?
The desire to have a world-class finisher at Juventus is evident. Of course, they need to find heavy investment for Higuain. It may be wise to sell Quagliarella and Matri and use the funds to make a move for the Real Madrid ace. Keep Mirko Vucinic, who would likely start with Higuain as the front two at Juventus—not forgetting Llorente, who would, perhaps, be backup to the Argentine forward.