Wednesday August 13 2014
Evergreen Evra

Patrice Evra’s desire, experience and versatility make him arguably Juventus’s most important summer signing, as Luca Persico explains.

Patrice Evra - 273 appearances for Manchester United, 16 major honours and 61 caps across ten years with France.

The 33 year-old’s credentials are unrivalled and yet he wants more. His switch to Juventus last month was motivated by ambition, rather than a desire to wind down his illustrious career.

Evra, like Ashley Cole and Nemanja Vidic, has left the Premier League to play with greater regularity, but also to win.

After nine seasons at Manchester United, it would have been easy for him to accept his place as a mentor to new £30 million signing Luke Shaw. Instead, he has chosen to challenge himself.

“It was very difficult to leave Man United because it was like my second family," he said, as reported by the BBC. “But as soon as I knew there was interest from Juve, I knew it would be a new challenge for me because I have to repay the faith they showed in me.”

For Sporting Director Giuseppe Marotta, signing Evra was no gamble: “He’s 33 so brings great experience to our team. Beyond his technical capabilities, we chose him because he has played in a culture at Manchester United that is a lot like ours – we win.”

Former Juventus Coach Antonio Conte brought back the winning culture Marotta outlines to the Old Lady, with three consecutive League titles. For his replacement, Massimiliano Allegri, the challenge is to maintain that success and having the likes of Evra at his disposal can only help.

The Dakar native’s arrival not only further swells the vast wealth of experience that is already in the Juventus dressing room, but also gives Allegri a key component for his expected tactical reshuffle.

The former Milan Coach is yet to settle on a new system. In pre-season, he has used both a back four and a back three - the system Conte implemented so successfully.

For either formation, Evra could prove invaluable. In a four, he is a natural at left full-back and showed at the World Cup that he is a much more assured defender than the one that was occasionally exposed at Manchester United last season - while with a three, he can operate as the left centre-back or at wing-back.

It is in that role where Evra can perhaps improve Juventus. He may not be as dynamic or explosive as Kwadwo Asamoah, but he offers guarantees defensively and would perhaps ensure the team’s shape is better balanced.

“I started my career playing largely within the 3-5-2 system but then I adapted to playing in a four man defence,” notes Evra. “I can do well with both systems of play.”

Helped by his “brother” and former Manchester United team-mate Carlos Tevez, Evra should settle quickly at Juventus. The Frenchman insists Juve are “a big family” and is confident that the club can help reestablish Italian football amongst Europe’s elite.

His experience, versatility and leadership suggests he could be Marotta’s most important summer recruit, while his hunger to seek out more success should ensure he instantly becomes an integral part of Allegri’s plans.

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Have your say...
About Conte, when he signed for Italian national team he just proved that he is a clasic mercenary, because he search bigger payment than prandelli have and he would never signed until they find solutions to give him that payment
in juve he have everything what he needs good salary,good team,fans but he left them as a traitor because they didnt make all his wishes,just a pitty for a three consecutive titles he won and do that thing, only the money he valued, not juve
on the 15th August, 2014 at 12:16pm
@Uss... We keep on missing out on emerging talent because of the penny pinching like Verrati. Napoli tabled a bid for Adnan rumoured to be @ 7 mlion euros but got turned down last august. Obviously they saw something that Juve didn't and had Juve had any foresight they could have got him for half million dollars. This is nothing in today's market, but the main issue is that our scouting system sucks big time.
on the 14th August, 2014 at 10:48pm
@Juventino You just confirmed what I had said. By buying him and loaning him out to Genoa or whatever team you'd still end u with no leftback so problem isn't solved. We're already doin what you've suggested but how many of those players have come back to stake a claim for a starting berth? Hopefully with the money from adidas next year we'll be able to get some those flashy names but I still feel that sometimes names aren't enough. Vidal being the best example here.
on the 14th August, 2014 at 4:26pm
@ juventino, yes we bought those two BUT! at the time it was not what we needed, the team them was aged & fresh out of ideas! as were the coaches, back then we needed a complete over haul, im surpised Ranieri got us where he did! Now we have the squad, the stadium and some sponsors! but we need success and exposure in Europe to a new genration, better marketing branding the lot! the EPL is NOT the best league in the world its the bets BRAND! simple! and thats where money comes into play..
on the 14th August, 2014 at 3:40pm
@ Juveman, I Know all about the project around the stadium area, but will that bring anything in withing the next 2/3 seasons? They are still looking for funding for that & from what Ive heard its roughly 360mil region! hows that going to help us? you wont see any return for YEARS to come..We should really have moved the stadium somewhere more accessible and given it a capacity of 55! atleast not the 41 it has. for a club of this stature 41k is a farce!
on the 14th August, 2014 at 3:35pm
@USS..while I agree it isa huge risk, it won't cost as much as Juve are paying Evra right now. Buy him and loan him out to Parma or Genoa and see how he reacts. Sometimes you have to speculate and take a punt..beside we bought established players like Diego and Melo and look where that got us few years back.
on the 14th August, 2014 at 10:55am
My comments are not about Evra but I have to make comment that I traveled from South Australia to Sydney to watch Juve play the All stars. I am not a fan of Juve but I will travel & watch any Italian team play. If this tour was meant to be a "brand" tour of Juve Italians have no idea what branding is all about. Oh, I forgot to tell you how rubbish Juve were. If they make the top 5 this season the league is rigged. What a mistake that was to go to Sydney. Forza Napoli.
on the 14th August, 2014 at 8:16am
@manni- they used to spend a little more but now they are investing in a huge project around the stadium to bring in further funds and they keep saying that by next summer they should be able to start spending more money.
Our catch of the summer so far (although already injured)is morata and if all goes well will definitely be Coman but i've really got my fingers crossed for Lavezzi.
on the 14th August, 2014 at 7:34am
If Sunday night against the A-League All Stars was anything to go by then Juve are in for some fun moments ... he was very ordinary and often caught out of position and exploited in one on one situations.
on the 14th August, 2014 at 3:40am
I don't see what there is to get excited over with Evra.
He was a fine player but he's just another has-been arriving in Italy.
Exactly the type of player Serie A used to offload to England 15 years ago.
Moreno could have been bought for 14m euro, probably on less wages and they could make a big profit on him if he were a success or at least gotten their money back if he wasn't.
But Juve have got a few youngsters in this season, so at least he seems to be a one-off who may do for a year or two
on the 14th August, 2014 at 12:16am
Juve should be able once a year to splash out 30-35 mill on a superstar. If only Juve could buy someone like Cuadradro or in a year Willian for Pirlo
on the 13th August, 2014 at 7:49pm
Huh ? do
you call that a player ?

Find something else to write about.
on the 13th August, 2014 at 6:11pm
Its just frustrating to see us with mediocre signings. free ones have been good..the rest Na! Marrota is not a big club director , hes agnellis pet in sorry to say i do hope we see light at the end of the tunnel but without continued growth in Europe and getin a marquee signing or 2 we will struggle because we need to be attractive to sponsors..sadly all of serie needs reform and the guy they just hired as head of the FA is a 71yr old bigot! And soooo what we didn't need in the time of need!
on the 13th August, 2014 at 5:28pm
A has been 33yr old our best signing? What i want agnelli and marrota to explain is where has ALL our money gone? 3 seasons ago we spent upwards of nearly 80 million on buildin a squad! And before that 25mil a piece on 2 players! All this without the stadium, no,champs league for 2 years and no decent sponsors! We earnt more then Bayern in,champs league 2 seasons ago that alone was 65mil! We could,have signed Moreno from sevilla even, affelay on loan, they are decent players and affordable
on the 13th August, 2014 at 5:23pm
Nowadays I prefer to watch a couple of games before I judge a particular signing. I know old age is frowned upon but look what Pirlo turned out to be.@ Juventino I think Ali Adnan would be a huge risk,I thought you'd mention more established leftbacks like Coentrao or Felipe Luiz. There's no doubt that Evra's crosses this season will yield a lot of goals from Llorente's headers and that may turn out to be our greatest weapon considering how tight defences are and our lack of pace n creativity
on the 13th August, 2014 at 4:55pm
Well if Evra is only left back around then the Juve scouting system and Marotta deserve the sack. Evra has bee cruising for the last couple of years and he will not add anything to the team. I don't understand why can't Juve go for some one like Ali Adnan, one of the hottest left backs around. This guys plays in Turkey and was voted best Asian player and was one of the best players in U19 world cup in 2013. He will come cheap in transfer fees and salary compared to what Evra earns and is ONLY 20
on the 13th August, 2014 at 1:57pm

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