Waiting for reinforcements in midfield, Allegri finds the first one from the infirmary: against the Giallorossi possible seasonal debut of the Brazilian
Waiting for him is not a starting shirt, but at least the name on the slip and a chair in the stands, but that part of the stadium stands where the players of the Juventus bench sit. With Roma it’s time for Arthur’s seasonal debut, in the meantime among the squads and maybe even a piece in the final. Thus, in the more or less declared search for a midfielder in January, all the more so in light of the so far disappointing performance of Ramsey and McKennie, the Allegri reinforcement finds him at home, arrived from the infirmary.
Arthur has unique characteristics in the Juventus team: a dribble player rather than a rhythm player, but far more technical than all his team mates in Allegri’s midfield, he is not the classic play also because he himself said clearly last year to give the best as a mezzala instead of a director. But in a possible two-man midfield, an ideal companion remains on paper, albeit at a very different level of physicality, to integrate with another midfielder with skills like Locatelli.
THE VIA CRUCIS
Meanwhile, the Brazilian is back in the group, waiting to understand only over time if it means having taken the road to exit a tunnel taken ten months ago, with a game clash with Romero against Atalanta: at the point of trauma between tibia and fibula originated a bone calcification with which Arthur first tried to live in the field for months, then to stop, and finally to try with a conservative therapy the reabsorption of the problem to avoid surgery. Finally considered inevitable on returning to Turin after the summer.
In between, it is useful to remember, swept away in memories by the opaque end of the season on the pitch and some difficulties outside (including the convict dinner at McKennie’s house), the aura of esteem, to the point of touching the expectation as a savior of the homeland, which surrounded him during his absence in February as a possible panacea for all the ills of the midfield on his return. Then it went differently: well with Porto, he collapsed with the mistake costing the home defeat with Benevento (which, for context, was followed in the following days by the well-known meeting in Forte dei Marmi between Agnelli and Allegri).
The one with the Campania then relegated was one of only three games as a starter in the last 18 league games for what had been, at the accounting level, the most expensive deal of the summer of 2020, as well as at 72 million (for obvious evaluation reasons di Pjanic) the most expensive in Juve history after Ronaldo, Higuain and De Ligt. Inevitable with these premises that to surround him there were expectations frozen now by physical problems: starting again with the lights off can help to turn the page.
October 17 – 12:22
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