The Juventus debut on 17 October 2020, the same date on Sunday: paid 50 million, now it would cost 100. At the moment he is the Italian with the highest rating
Federico Chiesa, a boy with a passion for cosmology, knows very well which Big Bang generated his world: the transfer to Juventus. Federico in black and white has changed his life and changed as a player, leaving the suspicion that for him one of the commandments valid only for champions is valid: the higher the level, the more at ease he is. Until a year ago Chiesa had never played in the Champions League, in the national team he had scored only against Armenia, for many he was overestimated in no uncertain terms: “Why, 50 million investment for a player who is not particularly technically gifted, a little one-dimensional, not particularly good at reading situations? “. Twelve months later, there is the answer: well, 50 million now are not only a few, they are a joke. Federico is Juve’s best player, he has won a European championship and scored three goals in two knockout matches in the Champions League. For that million dollar talk, please double down. Juve have been informed of clubs ready to spend 100 million for the number 22 but the scenario is not topical. Chiesa is fine with Juve and Juve can be seen for a long time.
Sunday … in attack
Federico on October 17, 2020 made his debut with Juve in Crotone in a cursed match: 1-1 with Manolo Portanova, the holder on the wing of Cristiano Ronaldo. And Federico? Expelled for an arbitration decision that the Juventus, disappointed enough, have remembered for a long time. That speech about good morning that you see from the morning is overrated. Since then, Chiesa has accelerated like no one and on Sunday evening, in another October 17, he will go on the field again with Juve, ready to challenge Mourinho and all of Rome to a duel, with his ability to go face to face with everyone, to crush the turbo button to try to go to goal with the ball. Prediction: Federico will play in attack on Sunday, as in the last games, and will be the tip of a fighting Juve, be careful, if you need to close in front of Szczesny. At the moment, that’s his role with Allegri. There is only to understand who will play next to him. Thursday feeling: Kean is the most natural choice, but a euro on Bernardeschi would be well spent.
A life of racing
The role is only the last frontier. In these 12 months, Chiesa has grown more than almost all European footballers. It has not changed characteristics, because those perhaps will never change. Federico will never be a player of reading and dialogue with his teammates and this called Allegri’s criticisms at the beginning of the season. Church cannot be asked to make constant movements from the winger, to wait for the arrival of the full-back to go and play on the pitch. His is an instinctive football, but what a show. Federico goes to the rhythm of these frenetic times and with his shots he raises waves on the pitch. Net of goals and decisive plays, his snatches change the games and allow Allegri to play a more conservative football.
In all of this, the economic evaluations follow. Juve took Chiesa from Fiorentina for a two-year loan of 10 million plus a 40-year redemption obligation under certain conditions, which can become a right in the event that those conditions do not occur. Plus, 10 million bonuses. The real blow, an unprecedented one for such a business, is the two-year loan at 3 and 7 million, very precious for Juve’s balance sheet. The aspect that the Juventus players do not want to consider is the level of any new offers from abroad. We asked two companies specializing in the evaluation of players, Wallabies and Cies, what Federico’s value is. Wallabies response: 72.9 million, up from 51.8 million estimated a year ago by their algorithm. Response from Cies: 88.3 million, compared to 38.8 a year ago. That difference of about 15 million is not surprising – even in the transfer market, the values often change from week to week – and it is less important than the trend: Chiesa runs towards the 100 million valuation, a figure never spent for an Italian, and probably today is the blue with more value. That figure, for sure, is in line with some of the negotiations over the past 15 months. Jack Grealish, taken by City for 117 million. Jadon Sancho, to United for 85. Kai Havertz, to Chelsea for 80.
Federico can try to look at them on an equal footing even if, like them, he is still a footballer in the process of being defined. He is not a natural first violin like other highly gifted Under 25s – Mbappé, Haaland, Sancho himself – but he seems to be able to become a Nedved of 2021, capable of deciding games and seasons with intensity, strength, athletic dominance. Like him, the Juventus fans like him very much and his opponents very little, who for years have been criticizing him for his attitudes on the pitch.
This will never change. If anything, the point is to understand what will become of him in the future, as Federico will be at thirty, as a mature footballer. At the age of 24, at the age of 24, at double the speed of the other bipeds with a ball, and at double speed, he risks being consumed. It should complete itself, improve following the indications of Allegri and Mancini, evolve to be ready for football in 2027. Here, the next challenge: to sail the seas of the Champions League and remain a dominant player, when he will no longer have the dynamite to raise waves with one click.
October 14, 2021 (change October 14, 2021 | 07:55)
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