Friday June 6 2014
Youth is Juve’s future

Juventus might have lost Ciro Immobile, but Jeremy Lim believes the Italian champions are now ready to hand a new brood of talent the opportunity they need for next season.

Ciro Immobile couldn’t conceal his delight after signing for Borussia Dortmund on Monday. The Serie A Capocannoniere had finally landed his big move after spending four years of his career out on numerous deals to Italy’s provinces.

The 24-year-old made his mark in that period but to no avail in earning a season starring for boyhood club Juventus. Try as he might, the striker wasn’t able to find his way back to where he had become Viareggio champion twice, as if stuck in a permanent time loop of being sent away to prove himself.

“Antonio Conte knows Immobile well. He watched him grow up in the youth academy and maybe he isn’t suited to his style of play. At Dortmund he will have the guarantee of being a starter and showing all of his qualities,” his agent explained. There was no entitlement in those words, but the simple admission that waiting to become relevant for Juventus would have amounted to a dead end. Like the tremendous poacher the new Italy international had become, he saw his chance in an European side’s interest and took it.

It is a reminder to the Old Lady that the compromise of parking her top young talent in various deals around the peninsula will not keep them satisfied forever. While such arrangements see the players develop in leaps and bounds, fashioning a career in the lower rungs as their youthful exuberance becomes spent is not a future they envision for themselves. The call of a foreign team can mean the only opportunity to break the rut.

The decisions Juventus face over a myriad of co-owned players this summer may already be made easier though. Players like Manolo Gabbiadini and Domenico Berardi have proven over the last pair of campaigns away from Vinovo that they just might have something extra to add to Conte’s squad. The former could easily alternate with Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente upfront. And the latter is a wing wizard of great impact and flair - surely fulfilling a need in the Bianconeri’s arsenal.

It will certainly be no mean feat improving the three-time Italian champions, but it can prove a positive challenge for these rising stars. With Richmond Boakye and Simone Zaza also indicating their desire to form part of Juve’s pre-season plans recently, there is increasing hope we will soon see some from the club’s stables dine at top table. Having a chance to work in tandem with those responsible for three consecutive Scudetti, as well as this summer’s list of touted imports, could pay dividends for those ready to make the next step in their futures.

In a period when funds must be allocated carefully, propelling certain ‘predestinati’ into the first team means maximum reward for minimum risk for the Turin outfit. Keeping their special cohort of talent in sight of the Bianconero colours ensures a fledgling player’s mix of age, ambition and actual capabilities present always stays balanced. And with more than a possibility one of them emulates youth icon Paul Pogba, Juventus will be there to reap the benefits all the way.

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Have your say...
My ideal Juve for 2015/2016: 4-2-3-1

on the 11th June, 2014 at 7:52am
A very good article, and very true. I see worrying rumours about Juventus selling Pogba or (worse still) Vidal. Why sell our true world class players just to get money for transfers? Use whatever funds we have on one good player, and fill the other gaps with these interesting young Italian talents. They are sure to be better than Isla, Padoin and Osvaldo
on the 9th June, 2014 at 1:36am
Been burned before hoping for top-draw signings just to find out Marotta won't spend over £2.50 on a player. Berardi excites me, it would be cool to see him play some games for Juvé. Much cheaper than Sanchez which would suit Beppe as well.
on the 7th June, 2014 at 9:57pm
Berardi and Zaza are really the future of the new Juventus. Both players still need to grow in maturity and therefore would be better off at Sassuolo for a second season. Juventus should sign at least one wing player this summer. Sanchez would be fantastic but there are enough alternatives on the market. In 2015-216 I hope there could be a trident of Tevez/Sanchez-Zaza-Berardi which could terrify any team in the CL. Zaza reminds me a lot to Vialli.
on the 6th June, 2014 at 7:41pm
If Juve succeed in signing a winger like Sanchez, then it's too soon for Berardi. He wouldn't play enough. But if we can't get our transfer targets, then it might be worth the gamble on Berardi. But if he doesn't put in consistent performances, he will get criticized. I think he needs to play more on loan first. Sassuolo is a good place to develop.

Gabbiadini I believe is ready. He can rotate with Tevez and Llorente, and he's ready to make the step up. Plus he can also play RW if needed.
on the 6th June, 2014 at 3:08pm

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