Did Juventus Make The Right Decision To Sell Diego & Sign Fabio Quagliarella?

Posted on 28/08/2010


By Adam Scime | Goal.com

Last summer, Juventus purchased Diego from Werder Bremen for €24.5 million, but one year later he was sold back to the Bundesliga for €15.5m. To most that would seem an astounding loss to concede on a player tipped to have a substantial impact.

Like many Bianconeri players, Diego failed to perform to expectations in 2009-10 as the club finished seventh place in the league, but was it right to ship him off so early and replace him with  Fabio Quagliarella from Napoli? It would seem  the move is more a consequence of new coach Luigi Del Neri’s tactics than sensibility.

The former Chievo and Sampdoria tactician prefers to play a 4-4-2 with two wingers supporting two strikers, rather than with a   trequartista, a playmaker who features between the midfield and attack lines, which is the preferred position of the Brazilian. Instead, World Cup 2010 participant Quagliarella will now be able to play alongside Amauri in the attack and all will be tranquil in Del Neri’s tactical scheme.

With some adaptation, Diego arguably would have been quite effective in Turin. He was a player who showed plenty of potential at Werder Bremen and flashes of it in Serie A. Being only 25, why couldn’t he be given another chance, especially since he was such a significant investment?

It’s no secret the former Santos and Porto star was inconsistent in his inaugural Italian campaign, but Quagliarella hardly lit the league alight last season playing as a striker with 11 goals in 34 appearances in Naples .

The Bianconeri are trying to rebuild after a dreadful season, but while the Italian international is a decent player – Diego had more promise and aptitude. The new Wolfsburg signing was a piece of the puzzle that could easily have been kept and if the club are intent on simply shoving players into a system than success could still be a ways off in Turin.