Blog Written by Lucas D'Orazio:
Juventus will now enter the 2016-2017 season without their star midfielder Paul Pogba, who has now joined Manchester United for a world-record fee of €105 million. Before Juventus start the new season they should not bat an eye at the young midfield talent they already have. They should follow this three-step process.
Step 1: Juventus should acquire only “one” more player. If they sign anymore players without selling then they won't get to exploit any of their young talents and give them more playing time. In my opinion, they should sign either one of these three players to hold down the midfield: Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona or Blaise Matuidi from PSG. All three of these players are perfectly capable of doing great things at the club and can hold down that midfield.
Step 2: Juventus have a few good younger players they need to help get better. Pogba came to Juventus being surrounded by great talent like Vidal, Pirlo and Marchisio in the midfield that helped him grow as a player and become even better. Now Juventus need to make sure they keep their new younger talents of Mario Lemina, Stefano Sturaro and Roberto Pereyra who haven't hit their peak yet. They are all now surrounded by great players like Marchisio, Khedira,and the newest player in the midfield Pjanic. Giving these young players some more playing time this season and helping develop them one of them might be the next Pogba like player.
Step 3: In my opinion Juventus should develop a new formation to accompany the new players and concepts for the team to move forward. I believe a 3-3-2-2 would work best for this team. It keeps Buffon and BBC at the back, allows for Khedira to hold the central midfield while also having Dani Alves and Alex Sandro playing the wide midfield positions that Juventus love so much. Marchisio and Pjanic can play the central attacking rolls is very smart because it allows both to create chances for the forwards and take long shots outside the box which they are both prolific at. And of course Higuain and Dybala starting up top filling the two striker positions.
If Juventus can continue to develop their young talent, find the right addition to the midfield, pick the right formation, then the Old Lady will have another successful football campaign this upcoming season.