When Juventus took to the pitch in Turin on Tuesday, they did so with their record signing on the pitch. But was he their best signing? When Gonzalo Higuain decided to move to the Juventus stadium, it was immediately greeted with cheers from all Bianconeri fans. Their team finally had a classic number 9. Someone who could get 20 goals a season on a regular basis for the first time since Alessandro Del Piero.
While Paulo Dybala has been great, he is young and could do with someone sharing the limelight. And while Higuain will take some of the burden of him, his role as the team’s creator-in-chief is going to be taken over by another one of the teams new signings. Miralem Pjanic has developed quite a reputation for his passing range, and when you add that to his deadly set piece ability, the Bosnian might just the be the missing link in Juventus’ aim of winning the Champions League.
While Higuain will undoubtedly raise fear among defenders, it is Pjanic who will supply the Argentine with service to make it possible. Playing for Roma last season, Pjanic showed perfectly why Juventus snapped him up this season. The metronome in a midfield containing the likes Danielle De Rossi, his ability of playing killer balls on the move is second to none in the Serie A, just ask Mohammed Salah.
There is a lot of competition at Juventus for the three central midfield spots, with Claudio Marchisio returning from injury, Sami Khedira coming back into his own after a couple of injury ridden season, Hernanes being given another chance and the likes of Mario Lemina and Stefano Sturaro blossoming well. But Pjanic should be an undoubted starter, and leading light in this midfield, as he not only has the ability to dictate play, but also to score goals from midfield.
So, after trying Hernanes in the famous trequartista position, and playing Pogba in a free role, Juventus’ midfield needs another makeover. A makeover to help their creative force provide the service for El Pipita. It is bound to be centralized around Miralem Pjanic.