Italian champions Juventus have been the indomitable force in Serie A for a few years now - their five consecutive titles just confirm how far ahead of everyone else they have been and still are.
There have been plenty of incomings and outgoings during this period but the hierarchy at the Old Lady have triumphed by holding onto the core of their squad and helping managers build a team worthy of competing among the elites in world football.
Juventus have acted quickly this summer by adding to a squad already filled with quality and talent in abundance, with midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
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SIGNS FOR JUVENTUS
The Bosnia & Herzegovina international called time on his five-year stay at Roma after Juventus activated the release clause in his contract, reported to be €32 million and signed a five-year deal, according to The Guardian.
Likened to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo, Pjanic shares some very similar traits to the former Juventus man, known for his tactical nous and passing accuracy.
Pjanic also boasts majestic skills, bestowed with a deft touch and a splendid dribbling ability. His qualities suit the tactics favoured by manager Massimiliano Allegri, which would make the attacking patterns more potent and raise the overall standard of play.
The 26-year-old’s versatility and flexibility along with his tactical intelligence enable him to be an effective influence in all parts of the pitch. Usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker, Pjanic is known for his innate passing and can be relied on to provide plenty of assists throughout the campaign .
Last season, he featured in 41 games, amassing 12 goals and 13 assists for one of his new side's closest rivals, Roma - who still finished 11 points behind and two places below Serie A's runaway winners.
Another aspect of his expertise include direct free-kicks, and he has a brilliant conversion rate since he arrived in Italy from Lyon back in 2011. Moulding his free-kicks abilities to the style of ex-Brazilian international Juninho, Pjanic has been able to find success which also earned him some praise from his idol last year.
ESPN quoted Juninho saying, as per L’Equipe: “Miralem has incredible quality. He’s maybe the best free-kick taker in the world today.”
“He’s very efficient and above all consistent. He has a lot of variation in his strikes. He’s able to shoot in different ways depending on the distance.”
IDENTICAL IN NATURE
Since the departure of Pirlo to MLS side New York City FC, Allegri has deputised Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio and even Kwadwo Asamoah in his role. Although they conjured up satisfactory performances, Pjanic is the most natural heir to Pirlo at Juventus.
The Bosnian averaged 2.4 key passes, 2.1 shots on goal with 85% pass success rate per game last term, according to WhoScored.com.
His composure on the ball, majestic vision, flair and creativity in midfield, suggest Pjanic’s acquisition by the Bianconeri could be adjudged as the transfer of the season in the days to come.
The mercurial playmaker can also link up with the attack upfront as well as contributing to the defensive side of the game, which brings depth to the 48-year-old boss’ squad at Turin.
Possessing traits like the Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo, Pjanic has immense potential to perfect them in the coming years. Only time will tell if Allegri can astutely utilise the qualities of the potential talisman to help Juventus’ quest for domestic and European supremacy.