For Amauri Carvalho de Oliveira leaving Juventus in January was a massive blow but, at the same time, a necessary move. The Brazilian striker grew disillusioned at the Stadio Olimpico following an endless goal drought which put him on the fringes of the Bianconeri team.
When even the support of the fans, who had warmly welcomed his arrival from Palermo in 2008, went missing Amauri was left with no other option than accept a demotion from one of Italy's biggest sides to a provincial one. Indeed, it was a step down which didn't go down well with the 30-year-old player. "We will see whose fault it is now – mine or Juve's," he bitterly claimed on his way out of Turin.
But looking at it now, Amauri might have realised that joining Parma was perhaps the best thing that could happen to both him and the Bianconeri. Having failed to net in Serie A for Juventus since February 2010, Amauri landed at the Stadio Tardini with an incredible hunger for goals and an eye for the net which clearly needed refocusing.
The Gialloblu provided Amauri with all he needed – a team which played exclusively for the centre-forward and an assist-man like Sebastian Giovinco. The results have so far been spectacular. After a year long wait to hit the back of the net, Amauri managed to write his name on the score-sheet 105 minutes into his new adventure at Parma.
His record at the Tardini has been as good as the one which made him one of the most wanted forwards in Serie A. With seven goals over 11 games, including a brilliant brace against Roma which helped Parma rescue a point and the superb one which knocked out Udinese on Saturday, Amauri will be their new hero if they do manage to avoid relegation. The player's contribution has been priceless also in terms of assists and the Ducali are now hoping to keep hold of him in the long term.
Yet Amauri is still following his Juve dream. Aged 30, he is fully aware that he has practically wasted his best and only shot at a big club. Despite that, Amauri continues to believe that his affair with the Old Lady and consequently with Italy may not be over yet.
"It wasn't easy to leave a big club, but I needed to play regularly," revealed Amauri. "I had an unlucky and difficult spell. It was really frustrating not being able to score. I am still a Juventus player and it is sad to see them struggling."
For now the former Palermo and Napoli player is focused on Parma's relegation battle and to regain a place in the Nazionale. "I will talk to Juve at the end of the season and we will see. But for now I am fully concentrated on Parma and I would like to play again in Azzurro."
The chances of seeing him back full-time in Turin though are almost as slim as his scoring record in black and white. But perhaps it is best for both to go their separate ways. By loaning him to Parma, Juve have managed to increase his transfer value and this experience has also been fundamental for the player to regain confidence.
His career circle may as well end at Parma, the club which first brought him to Italy back in 2001. Sometimes it is much better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small one in the ocean – Amauri may just have to agree with that.
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