Juventus are not in the best position currently. The recent losses to Lazio only mounted the pressure onto the Bianconeri and Maurizio Sarri. The season hasn’t gone anywhere, however. It is a lot like a work in progress, as the players continue to get used to playing in Sarri’s way. A lot like Adrien Rabiot, they were always going to take time.
The lack of creativity from midfield has been a constant problem. A manager like Sarri always wants creativity in midfield to get the system ticking. But in an ageing side that has been playing another brand of football for about seven or eight years now, they need to tide over their transition.
Blaise Matuidi and Sami Khedira aren’t the most technical midfielders. Now approaching the twilight years of their careers, the duo has could move on very soon indeed.
Apart from Rabiot, Juve also have Aaron Ramsey, Miralem Pjanic and Rodrigo Bentancur. But it is Rabiot’s case that is interesting. Fresh reports have seen him get linked with a move to Arsenal. But they should not force Juve into anything.
This is a player who was the centre of controversy at Paris Saint-Germain last season. Contractual issues saw him not play football after December 2018 last season. He made only 20 appearances in all competitions last season. As a result of that, he came to Juve with low match fitness and less sharpness than anyone else.
He came to the club and had to adapt to a new system – the sort that he hadn’t played before. He was naturally about to take a bit more time than the other players in the side.
So far this season, Rabiot has made 12 appearances in all competitions. He is yet to get involved in a single goal for the club. While that isn’t a good number, it is a process.
After Juve’s recent 2-1 win over Sampdoria, Sarri did praise Rabiot. He talked of how he is slowly emerging from fitness and injury issues.
He said (via TribalFootball):
“His qualities are emerging. He was out injured for quite a while, but has improved as these three games have gone on, which means he has not yet expressed himself fully.
“I think his potential is superior to what he’s shown so far in his career.”