Helping The Old Lady Find Her Feet (II): Rating The New Men

Posted on 14/10/2010


Following on from the first piece in this series, looking at the work of Beppe Marotta, now the focus shifts to the performances of the men the Director General astutely placed at the disposal of Coach Delneri.
Eleven new players arrived all as part of very different deals. Not one player was actually bought with the full fee paid in advance. Each is judged separately on both his impact so far & his potential to improve that contribution in the future, as well as the fee paid to bring him to Turin.

Armand Traore – loan (fee €0.5m)  
Injured almost immediately after arriving, the Arsenal man has yet to set foot on a pitch in Bianconeri. The decision to take David Trezeguet’s number 17 shirt shows serious determination, but needs to be judged on the field. Rating: sv
Leandro Rinaudo – loan (fee €0.6m / option €5m over 3 years)
Another player who has yet to make an impression, his debut being cut short & now out until after Christmas following surgery on a herniated disc. With the fee being so high for a very average 28 year old it is difficult to see his stay outlasting the initial loan period. Rating: sv
Fabio Quagliarella – loan (fee €4.5m / option €10.5m over 3 years)
The striker has all the qualities to be a great player in Serie A & for Italy, but his inconsistency is frustrating, as is the fact he is ineligible to play in the Europa League. One thing he clearly needs to work on is his passing, the inability to link the play severely hampers his effectiveness as a second striker. Has proven highly unpredictable, which has been both a blessing & a curse. Rating: 5
Davide Lanzafame – co-ownership (no fees)
Started well, looking bright in the early European Qualifiers & friendlies, but in recent weeks has vanished without trace. A pacey, skillful winger or striker, thePrimavera product has much to offer, but has suffered more than most during the early part of the Serie A season. The struggle for points has meant Delneri has not been able to rotate his team, but the forthcoming run of easier games means he will undoubtedly feature more often. Rating: 6
Marco Motta – loan (fee €1.25m / option €3.75m over 3 years)
Taken out of the firing line for two matches after being given a tough time against the likes of Di Natale & Cassano, he returned in the second half at San Siro & looked transformed. Sitting watching others defend seems to have shown the former Roma player the way forward, with Delneri’s constant drilling & extra tactical sessions clearly impacting on him as much as anyone. Given his age & the low cost of his signature the right back has a bright future in Turin. Rating: 6.5
Jorge Martinez – €12m over 3 years
One of only four permanent transfers the Uruguayan has had issues with fitness in pre-season, but has looked a great addition in the appearances he has made so far. Able to play either flank with equal skill, or fill in as a second striker his versatility will be important as the season wears on. Perhaps most impressive (& surprising) was the controlled display & defensive effort in Manchester. Much has been made of the fee paid but with performances like that it is money well spent.Rating: 6.5
Alberto Aquilani – loan (free / option €16m over 3 years)
Deemed an expensive flop by Liverpool the Roman has started the last two Serie A matches & looked at home running the Juventus midfield. The fee & its value depends on him establishing himself as a regular starter. He is capable of playing alongside any of the other three midfielders in the squad making that much more likely to happen. Rating: 6.5
Simone Pepe – loan (fee €2.6m / option €7.5m over 3 years)
Easily the most criticised of the new signings, but people need to look beyond biased preconceptions & see the balance he brings to the side. Without him the left flank is weak & exposed, Krasic cannot get forward so much on the opposite side or swap sides with a less intelligent player. Changing from almost an auxiliary left-back position to an out & out right winger for Italy hurts him & the sooner he plays in defence the better for everyone. Rating: 7
Marco Storari – €4.5m over 3 years
A little unsure in the early matches, the much-travelled player has found the form he showed at Sampdoria last season & finally took control of his defence in theDerby d’Italia. Playing well while knowing you are only holding the fort until Superman returns cannot be easy but he’s making a very good job of doing exactly that. Rating: 7.5
Leonardo Bonucci – €15.5m over 3 years 
The most expensive signing of the summer, he has quickly established himself as a starter for both club & county. Still occasionally shows how raw he is & obviously age plays a factor in this, as does how new the partnership both Bonucci & Chiellini are working so hard on. His goal scoring for both teams has been a pleasant surprise, but ultimately he will be judged on his play at the other end.Rating: 8
Milos Krasic – €15m over 3 years
It may have dragged on all summer, but Beppe Marotta finally returned from Russia with a player the tifosi already love. Constant comparisons with Pavel Nedved may be extremely premature, but the Serbian flyer has enjoyed a far more impressive start to his Juventus career than the “Czech Fury” did when joining from Lazio. His pace has frightened & tormented defenders at home & abroad (see Chivu, Cristian) while the way he celebrated his tripletta under the curva has endeared him even more to his new fans. Rating: 9
Source: Il Tifosi
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