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Tuesday May 1 2012
Bargain bin Borriello

Cut price deal or not, Scott Fleming believes Juventus should steer well clear of signing Marco Borriello permanently

It seems strange to suggest Juventus are suffering from an excess of sentimentality, when they appear willing to allow Alessandro Del Piero to leave despite the pleas of fans from around the world and the decisive contributions Pinturicchio has made during the title run-in.

But it’s hard to pinpoint any other reason why they would contemplate retaining the services of Marco Borriello.

Until six days ago, Borriello had failed to score in three months as a Bianconeri player. He had scarcely even come close since his January loan move from Roma, the only remarkable aspect of his performances being how little he had contributed, how out of place the burly Neapolitan looked in Antonio Conte's hard running streamlined side.

He had also been repeatedly booed by supporters that begrudged his reported refusal of an offer to sign for the club in 2010. Formerly renowned as something of a Casanova figure off the field, it appeared La Vecchia Signora was one lady Borriello had failed to woo.

Then, after 80 minutes of stubborn Cesena resistance last Wednesday, the ball dropped at his feet. When Borriello sclaffed a left foot shot into the net, the reaction was electric. He was mobbed by screaming teammates and shared a fierce touchline embrace with Conte. The goal was an enormously significant one in the context of the Scudetto race but there was more to the celebrations than that - this was an outpouring of affection and of relief, on behalf of a man who had been on the verge of laughing stock status.

“The way they all celebrated with me at the end of the game filled my heart,” the 29-year-old admitted later, and his Coach wasn't short of compliments either. “He deserved this so much,” said Conte. “He arrived in not great shape, worked hard to get on the same level as his teammates and it’s a shame that he has been treated badly.”

On Sunday he was at it again, stooping to nod in the second of Juve's four goals against Novara. Then came the news on Monday morning that Juve were considering making his move permanent. Only - it must be stressed - if director general Beppe Marotta can persuade Roma to knock a few Euro off the €8m fee agreed in January, but shocking news nonetheless.

After failing to score all season for Juve or Roma, Borriello deserves credit for turning things around but his two goals are just that – two goals, scored against the two worst sides in Italy's top flight.

Why the big clubs keep betting on him is a mystery. In his time with Juventus, Roma and Milan Borriello has scored just 29 Serie A goals. Compare that to the 19 he struck in one season with Genoa and it seems clear that's where he truly belongs, with a mid-table outfit.

Last summer the Bianconeri were very close to deals for Giuseppe Rossi and Sergio Aguero. Signing strikers of that calibre should be the priority this summer with a Champions League campaign to mount and - barring any mishaps against Lecce tomorrow night - a Scudetto to defend next season. Any affection the players and staff feel towards Borriello and admiration for the way he has conquered his fitness problems is well and good, but should not be allowed to cloud the issue.

Have your say...
we are the 2nd best attack in serie A, and our best striker has 10 goals and the rest are 9,8 and 7 goals by midfield players. it means 1 thing to me, we play different football. if Juve to sign Borriello, then i hope Conte takes him under his wing and bring out the 19 goals scorer he was at Genoa. Why not try to convince Luis Enrique in having Marco Motta (whos on loan) in exchange with Bor? Re sign el Capitano, and bring a game winner winger and Striker. Also sign Armero, Asamoah and Veratti!
on the 4th May, 2012 at 2:01am
Im a die hard inter fan & it hurts to say but I'd rather juve win serie a coz I hate Milan with passion & Alex delpiero is a all time legend
on the 3rd May, 2012 at 6:19pm
Boriello needs to go and Higuain is a must. Juve needs a world-class striker before going for another winger or defender.
on the 3rd May, 2012 at 6:53am
Some of Juve's moves are strange. Why they extended Quag's contract for another year while he still has two years remaining is a mystery. Making any attempt to sign Borriello permanently would be an inexplicable more.

Come to think of it, Marotta's transfer policy doesn't always make sense. The Pirlo signing was a no brainer. Vidal's, Leich's, Vucinic's, Caceres's were great moves. However, that of Elja, Krasic, Zeigler, Padoin makes you wonder if their transfer policy is well thought out.
on the 3rd May, 2012 at 2:33am
Boriello is no better than Amauri. Same type of boring slow player. Get two of Torres/Aguero/Cavani/Götze and Van Persie. Better two champions than five average players.
on the 2nd May, 2012 at 9:52pm
We need Cavani!!!!!, extend ADP contract, bring back Giovinco and sign Bochetti --- get rid of Boriellol, Krasic. That should be enogh to compete in three fronts.
on the 2nd May, 2012 at 7:04pm
Transfers I would like to see

Drogba (on a free)then we could focus our main transfer pot on world renowned wide men like Robben/Nani or even both.

However if we're gonna spend big on a younger striker then I would like them to go for RVP, Falcao, Tevez or Higuain

Bring Giovinco back into the fold

Pogba would be a great option in the centre of midfield, Ivanovic would be a great acquistion and if Rannochia is out of favour at Inter Juve should definietly snap him up to(Nesta in the making)
on the 2nd May, 2012 at 4:57pm
like every juve fan i love del piero but its unfair to compare the situation from marco with our capitan. everywhere the same arguments when they wont extends dp's contract then they shouldnt buy borriello. marco is a hard working guy and a good guy. maybe he isnt world class but that doesnt mean that the media are allowed to attack him just because he is playing for juventus. think about your school career nobody is allowed to say wether you deserve something or not.
on the 2nd May, 2012 at 2:49pm
Whoever is talking about Berbatov and Dzeko to Juve must stop. Berbatov? Seriously? And Dzeko wouldn't fit the Italian game. Beppe Rossi, when all is recovered, will not have played for virtually a season and half. NOT a good investment/bet. Borini is not Juve quality yet, if he ever will be. If we want to play in the UCL every year from now -- we need Champions this summer. Otherwise, we may either drop out of the UCL early next season, to focus on the top 3 spots in the league, or vica versa.
on the 2nd May, 2012 at 2:33pm
great article, get RID of that clown boreilo... ADP for life!!
on the 2nd May, 2012 at 10:25am
If it were up to me, I would renew ADP contract and let Borriello go.... yes he scored 2 goals in his last 2 games for Juve, 1 that could be very decisive but does that make up for the early misses which could have also been decisive ???

Instead of splashing 8 million on Borriello, rather keep it aside for another striker Juve is set to buy next season.
on the 2nd May, 2012 at 10:23am
A very good point has been made about Drogba. Transfer funds saved on his free deployment would then focus the big funds on a World class winger like Robben or Nani to supply him with crosses and assists.

If Pogba comes from Utd then that will strengthen the midfield further meaning all we need in my opinion is cover in defence... Chelsea's Ivanovic would be ideal as he could play full back or centre back with no questions asked.
on the 2nd May, 2012 at 9:59am
@ lax and anybody else asking for Berbatov or Dzeko for that matter! u really need to check whats out there in terms of strikers! non are dynamic! they are Big holding players! Berb doesnt make the UTD team cos he slows them down apart from an OK touch the guys uesless! pls dnt mention his goal scoring record cos its down to a select few games where hes hit a few then gone missing for 5 games! simple! Ive been watching him in the EPL and Bundesliga! seriously lads get a grip!
on the 2nd May, 2012 at 8:29am
Umm, if we want bargain basement strikers, Drogba and Berba are free. Spend about 20 and Dzeko and Giroud are younger, quicker, more skillful, more clinical and can hold the ball up better. Simple really!
on the 2nd May, 2012 at 5:03am
It amazes me how ADP can get shunned aside, his involvement may be scarce these days but if you listen to the likes of marchisio and Vidal his involvement in the dressing room from a te spirit point of view is priceless, despite his age expirienced and the footballing brain can never be bought and in terms of contribution on and off the pitch he is still one of our key players!!! Boriello to go ADP to stay, and in terms of good future investment money would be wiser spent on Borini or Rossi!!!
on the 2nd May, 2012 at 3:27am
Send him back To Roma. It's crazy that Juve would even consider keeping him and selling Del Piero. And Roma need to get rid of him too. Borriello seems to have it in his head that he's a star player. He's not. With the CL next season Juve need someone far better.
on the 1st May, 2012 at 11:58pm
I don't want us to sign him, he's average and in any case we need to sign a World Class striker now. If Juve plan to use him as a rotation striker then I would prefer they gave Del Piero a new contact instead.

But I've heard Conte's comments about him and he clearly rates him! I think it's very probable he will be signed out right. In that case I hope Conte can get the best out of him next season with a decent pre season under his belt.
on the 1st May, 2012 at 10:05pm
@Manni-FYI-he was never known for pace but elegant passes,skills and shooting. berbatov is a very good option if you consider that he will come for free at the end of the season. ferguson doesn't give him any chance becoz he wants to build a squad for future. that is why they have so many young players. if u check the stats out of 11 times he played he scored in 7 and he dint start all the games. i will say he is the next best thing to ibra and he will fit very well.but then is not required.
on the 1st May, 2012 at 9:32pm
Juve will attract big players because they are playing in a big league the Champions League
on the 1st May, 2012 at 9:13pm
I cant believe some ppl actually backin boriello on here? we do not need a squad player & WEN has this guy eva done anything of use? apart from the 1 season at Genoa?! we seriously wasted 9 million on Elia Seein as though he will neva get a good run & chance! the logic would have been to use that 9Mil to pay extra 4 AGUERO! and we would have got him! this is the same marrotta who bought MARTINEZ! for 10-12mil!

@ ADAM - berbatov?! r u serious dude? the guy is USELESS! totally! devoid of PACE
on the 1st May, 2012 at 8:13pm
It takes incredible form and a total team immersion for a player to exercise their fullest potential, and it seems like the club owners know that and want to give this great player a chance. Never mind what he does off pitch...its irrelevant to his ability to give goals. He's where he is becos he has proved his worth and delivered where need be. He will only get better in the next season when the club defines a spot for him. I believe in him. Forza Borriello, Forza Juve. PERIOD!!
on the 1st May, 2012 at 7:38pm
It's very easy to sit back and make comments on what players like borriello can and cannot offer. As far as I know, not every player is a Ronaldinho, or Henry...every player has a their lows and highs...end excuse me, The 'MORALE' factor was lacking. When you don't support your investment and boost his morale, how does one expect to get the best out of him. Watching Borriello feel out of place and unwelcomed was a pity this season because it reflected in his performance.
on the 1st May, 2012 at 7:31pm
Absolutely agree with this article and with lax. ADP can contribute so much more yet he is being let go and we are seemingly contemplating keeping the LoL. Like Gio said, Marotta is a sucker for bargain deals, even if he gets a palm tree in place of a true bomber. You want a third striker, bring back Immobile, but don't keep the LoL. We need a true 'world class' striker, not this piece of junk. Heck, Amauri scored a goal that shifted the title race in our favor, doesn't mean we bring him back!!
on the 1st May, 2012 at 6:56pm
Borriello is an average striker. ADP while getting up there would be useful to hold onto as his Champs league experience will be needed. I would go after a top level striker, but hopefully that won't be Tevez. While he has A+ skills he is a cancer in a locker room. Cavani would be a nice addition if he wants Champs league next year. Giovinco's possible return to Juve is also more important to me than signing Borriello.
on the 1st May, 2012 at 6:33pm
spot on! he has consistently looked dreadful and yes it was a huge goal against Cesena but even he couldnt miss against Novarra, and he did also miss a sitter later on. he absolutely does not belong at this level! be grateful that he was only 500K and spend big on one of the world's top strikers this summer. maybe van persie could be tempted given his contract situation?
on the 1st May, 2012 at 5:36pm
@anonymous above juventino- dude, how many squad players u want? u already have quag, matri and vucinic. how is boriello different let alone better than any of the 3? i think it will be better if we bring back and give a youth team players like pasquoto or immobile chance than this guy. we have had several good players at primavera level who left becoz they dint get chances becoz of 'senior' players like boriello.
on the 1st May, 2012 at 5:15pm
i agree. but lets look at the type of player he is, a back to the net, hold and settle the ball type...this is a requirement for juve...toni blundered his chances...matri tries but he is a second striker, who does well finding space, not backing into defenders...quags is still struggling to find consistent form...i think money would be better spent going after berbatov, who is of the same ilk and a free transfer...tevez has a large skill set and can do some of that...
on the 1st May, 2012 at 4:46pm
Completely agree with this article. The affection shown towards Borriello is truly strange.
Furthermore as impressive it is, that Juventus is in pole position with no player even remotely close to the top scorer table, as much it tells the club how much could be done with a quality forward - something which Borriello certainly isn't.
on the 1st May, 2012 at 4:41pm
Bargain basement buys are too alluring for Marrotta... he just can't say 'no' to a cut-price Borriello... even if a Cavani signing would be brilliant.
on the 1st May, 2012 at 4:36pm
People need to think in what role Borriello will be signed. Apparently Conte wants 2 strikers, I guess one of will be young and promising the other one will be a more established player. The more established player will be the prima punta, which means one of Matri, Quags, or Borriello must leave. Although Borriello leaving will make most sense the other players will be less likely to accept a substitute role. 8m for a third striker is a lot, however 5m + bonuses may be just what we need.
on the 1st May, 2012 at 4:28pm

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