The man that is creating McKennie magic, at Juventus is taking Serie A by storm in 2021.
A few weeks ago when he scored the winning goal vs Bologna, he dashed off towards the side-line and proceeded to wave an imaginary wand in celebration towards the camera.
The midfield player has brought joy and enthusiasm to The Old Lady. His infectious personality and energetic displays have established him not only as a fan favorite but also as a pivotal part of Andrea Pirlo’s plans.
So far this season, the former FC Dallas player has provided two assists and found the net on four occasions, with his goal contributions coming at key moments.
McKennie’s first was an equalizer in the Turin derby with his team behind, that was followed by an acrobatic volley in Camp Nou against Barcelona, he then got Juve’s crucial third goal in the San Siro against Milan before adding Sunday’s header to his growing collection.
McKennie’s influence extends beyond his ability to support the attack with expertly timed runs into the oppositions 18-yard-box. He sets the team's momentum and keeps his foot on the gas, allowing Juve to stay on top of the game.
The 22-year-old is dynamic, physically capable of running intensely throughout 90 minutes and his aggressive approach makes him a menace when attempting to recover possession. McKennie’s versatility means he is a constant thorn in the side of the opposition.
Having spent three-years developing his trade in the Bundesliga, McKennie became the ideal recruit for a new look Juve under the guidance of Pirlo. ‘Il Maestro’s’ system requires adaptable players that can maintain a high tempo approach both in and out of possession.
The German top division is the king of the European leagues with regards to pressing and transitions, equipping McKennie for the demands of modern football at an elite club.
Mister Pirlo has found the ideal position in his midfield for the ex-Schalke star. Deploying McKennie in a hybrid capacity where he adjusts between a defensive role in wide areas to an attacking number 10 when the Bianconeri has possession.
It is a tough task, but Weston has shown he is more than capable. His influence on the team is noticeable and that is magnified when McKennie is missing, the team is less functional without him.
He undoubtedly has areas to improve, namely with his passing but with a purchase option of €18.5million, McKennie is shaping up to be a fantastic piece of business for Juventus.