Thursday January 2 2020
Kulusevski perfect for Juve future

Dejan Kulusevski represents a real coup for Juventus, but Vilizar Yakimov believes it only makes sense if he remains at Parma for this season.

It’s safe to say that 2019 was Dejan Kulusevski’s year. After making only three appearances for Atalanta last term, the talented teenager not only found his place at Parma, but has also become the Ducali’s most influential player.

Kulusevski’s tally of four goals and seven assists means that he has been directly involved in 46% of Parma’s goals this term. In fact, if we keep digging into his stats, we could well say that the 19-year-old Swede has been one of the best players not only at Parma, but in the whole league.

He currently ranks second in terms of assists (7), key passes (18) and distance run per game (12 km), so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Juventus acted quickly and beat competition from Inter and Manchester United for his signature.

The 1.86m tall Swede can cover multiple roles in attack and can even feature as a mezzala, so he could solve several problems of this Juventus team.

Ever since the start of the season it has been obvious that the Bianconeri’s midfield is not performing on the desired levels. Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot have both struggled to adapt to life in Italy, while the likes of Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira provide experience and strength, but not much else.

Emre Can has also fallen out of favour with Maurizio Sarri and has already expressed his desire to leave, so Kulusevski might prove to be very useful as a midfielder for the Bianconeri.

At Parma, Dejan is often dropping deep where his physicality and dynamism allows him to steal the ball and either dribble it out or pass it vertically to a teammate in a more advanced position. This is something that none of the current group of Juventus midfielders has been able to do on a consistent basis, as only Rodrigo Bentancur has shown glimpses of that.

Going further forward, Juve’s attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain has impressed almost every time that Sarri has played them together, but the trequartista position has proved to be a rather problematic one, especially when La Joya is not playing.

By now even Sarri has probably realised that Federico Bernardeschi doesn’t know how to interpret that role and the Juventus boss is not doing anyone a favour by playing him there. On the other hand, Kulusevski has been most effective between the lines, as the Stockholm-born youngster has a remarkable sense for a through ball and this is precisely how he provided the majority of his seven assists.

The Sweden international is equally capable with both feet, as highlighted by the fact that he has scored two goals with each foot since the start of the campaign. This makes him much more unpredictable in comparison to Bernardeschi, and even Dybala, as both players strongly favour their left foot.

Considering Kulusevski’s age and lack of experience Juventus will probably prefer to leave him at Parma until the end of the season and that would be perfect for everyone.

It seems very unlikely for Juventus to offload enough players in January, so that Kulusevski can find space in the starting XI right away, and it wouldn’t make sense to bring him in now and keep him on the bench.

By staying at Parma, the player will continue his development and avoid the risk of moving to a bigger club mid-season, as such transitions often don’t go as planned. The Crociati will undoubtedly be happy with such an outcome as well, as Roberto D’Aversa’s men have a chance of reaching a spot in the Europa League, which would really be extraordinary.

When it comes to Atalanta, the Nerazzurri will get a hefty transfer fee for a player who has made only three appearances for the club and was brought in for only €165k, so Kulusevski would become one of the many smart transfer dealings that La Dea have done in recent years.

Overall it can be concluded that as long as Kulusevski remains at Parma until the end of the season, this deal would be good for everyone involved. Juventus get their hands on a very talented player, Parma get to keep him for a while, while Atalanta register a huge profit.

Last but not least, the chance to work with Cristiano Ronaldo and the other Juventus stars could do wonders for Kulusevski, who has so far been the breakout star of the current campaign.

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Have your say...
Good luck to the young man (as Wilkins would say) I like him but was it a panic buy buy because Juventus lost Haaland? Isnt that the kinda thing Inter are supposed to go? Gabigol? Now Juventus want to bring Pogba back - 150m?
on the 3rd January, 2020 at 9:29am
I`ve been following all games with Parma mainly because of him and Gervinho. Everybodys been saying that Tonali is the new Pirlo but Kulusevski is closer in comparison. He`s got a great eye for the game and a sensitive foot. I`ve been amazed at how good he is every game so it is well deserved to leave for a bigger team. Hoping he does it well even if I`m a bit tired of the Juve dominance ;)
on the 3rd January, 2020 at 8:44am
He's already better than what we have in the midfield now, so why wait until June to get him ?? If we are serious about winning anything this season, then he should play now.....
on the 2nd January, 2020 at 10:44pm
@Accattone Yeah, because Juventus have wasted a lot of talents huh?
on the 2nd January, 2020 at 6:49pm
Very possibly he will end up as just another talent wasted in Juve.
on the 2nd January, 2020 at 2:52pm
I honestly think that while good, he's not decisive.

We had Pirlo, Vidal, Marchisio, and Pogba. Now we have dump like Khedira, Ramsey, Rabiot, and Bentancur. The only lightning rod is Matuidi, but he's should be used sparingly.

I left Pjanic out because I seriously do not rate Pjanic, he's far too much of a liability to be world-class.

We need to buy world-class midfielders like Isco/Saùl, Zaniolo, and get rid of the dump.

EDIT: Kulusevski will arrive in June, so no reinforcements now...
on the 2nd January, 2020 at 2:37pm
Well worth the risk for Juve.

Bernardeschi isn't really doing it and the midfield needs a few top player in the summer too.

Kante and Zaniolo would be fine additions.

Juve have a host of players they don't really need that can fund some big moves.
on the 2nd January, 2020 at 1:34pm
The type of player Milan needed. He could easily replace Calhanoglu or Suso. Instead we're going back to the practices of Galliani.
on the 2nd January, 2020 at 12:58pm
Sarri will keep him in the squad now, Juve just lack creativity at the middle. Ok, he is a winter arrival, but remember Edgar Davids? I guess the Swede will adapt quickly.
Great move! Now go get Kante, speaking of Davids;))
on the 2nd January, 2020 at 12:49pm
Well he's a WF just as bernardeschi. Bernardeschi was so better at fiorentina; correctly used not utilised.
on the 2nd January, 2020 at 11:32am

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