Juventus Analysis: Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente will revolutionize Bianconeri
By Thomas Atzenhoffer
Juventus have just completed the transfer of Carlos Tevez in the past 24 hours. However, he is not the first piece of the attacking puzzle that the Old Lady have splurged on this summer.
Back in January the club splashed the cash to seal a summer time move for 27-year-old Spanish forward Fernando Llorente Torres. The Athletic Bilbao forward is a stark opposite to the type of player that Tevez is, but their two different attacking styles and their combined set of skills opens up a world of potential for Juve’s offense next campaign.
The one thing that the club have lacked since the departure of Alessandro Del Piero is a striker that they can rely on to produce a 20 plus goal season. Last year the striker by committee option worked, but with the club seeking a return to former glories across all competitions, especially the UEFA Champions League, they need more potent firepower.
Carlos Tevez has spent the last four years in Manchester City have done just that in both 2009-10 and 2010-11 when he scored 29 goals and then 23 goals in back to back 42 appearance campaigns. His off the field issues prevented him from doing so in 2011-12 when the Citizens won the English Premier League.
The 29-year-old Argentine scored 17 goals in the 2012-13 campaign in 39 starts. However, he was taken to a more supporting role in the offense under Roberto Mancini than he previously was under Mark Hughes and turned provider to Sergio Aguero providing 10 assists.
Tevez has the ability to still be that 20 plus goal forward and the Serie A’s less physically demanding style of play as well as defending is likely to see him have more chances to really have a go at goal.
Fernando Llorente was the driving force behind Athletic Bilbao’s success in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 scoring 21 goals, 22 goals and then 29 goals. However, his 2012-13 campaign was wrought with exit rumors and hardly any playing time as the club knew they were set to loose quite literally their ‘biggest’ asset as the 6’5” forward was ready for a change and only produced five goals in eight starts and 27 substitute appearances.
But what can the two of them together produce for Juventus?
In short the two together should be worth between 35 to 40 goals when on the pitch. Mirko Vucinic is more of a winger than a striker and his performances on the wings should improve with the additional centralized threat of Llorente through the middle.
Sabastian Giovinco is a more explosive and technical wide player and should combine well with Tevez giving both strikers appeal to any type of offensive strategy that Antonio Conte has to use depending on his opposition.
The work rate that Tevez provides between the attack and the midfield will aid the work of both Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo. Those two together created 158 chances for the club as well as adding 15 goals themselves. Vucinic and Giovinco combined for another 99 chances and 17 goals and if the four of them have the type of targets that Llorente and Tevez provide it could be a completely new Juventus next year.
Tevez created the second most chances on Manchester City last season with 61 and also enjoyed a 53% shooting accuracy when a chance was presented to him. Overall he is the all-around threat that the club needed up front. He can carry the offense as well as adapt to being a playmaker for a strike partner.
Llorente has the height to be a target man for the club, while also having the rare combination of foot skills that makes him the type of scary big man threat that all clubs fear. He is strong enough to be a force in the air but still possess the technical ability of well-trained Spanish attacker to score from all around the 18-yard box.
The new additions of both Tevez and Llorente give Juventus the front line firepower they have been lacking, and despite their success domestically, their new forwards give them the teeth they will need to truly give it a go in next season’s Champions League.