Uruguayan star forward Luis Suarez is on the verge of joining Juventus after six successful years at Cataluña side Barcelona. The deal could cost around just 4.4 million Euros for the Serie A Champions.
The Uruguayan forward is predicted to be a part of a mass exodus at Barcelona as newly appointed Coach Ronald Koeman has informed the player that he is not included in his plans, with Juventus preparing to pounce on the lethal South American striker.
Currently, only 13 players in the history of the game have had the privilege of playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and lionel Messi.
Now we look at where Suarez would fit in at Juventus on the pitch and what we could expect from him in Andrea Pirlo’s Squad.
Where could Suarez fit in?
Luis Suarez has spent Majority of his top-level career playing in a front three; this means he could be part of the lethal mouth watering trident in Attack, partnering Portuguese Star forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine Magician Paulo Dybala. A particular boost for Suarez is that he might be more likely to link-up with wing-backs at juventus when receiving the ball from wide areas. The Uruguayan forward has enjoyed a healthy relationship with attacking full-backs over his career.
Luis Suarez has scored a total of 198 goals for Barcelona. Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto have set up 38 from the flanks. This is more than Steven Gerrard managed to provide for Suarez during his three-and-a-half years at Liverpool, while only Messi and Neymar set up more goals for Suarez at Barcelona.
However, other reports claim that Suarez will be used in 4-3-1-2 set-up that Juventus have been accustomed to in recent years.
How would he cope with Dybala and Ronaldo upfront?
Of course, Suarez would not be the main man alone upfront at Juventus. Cristiano and Dybala also claim the title- the Uruguayan has also played second fiddle role in his career. He has been playing alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona and enjoyed a healthy relationship both on and off the pitch with the argentine.
In a total of 258 matches together, one of Messi or Suarez has assisted the other 96 times, with the argentine scoring 55 goals from Suarez assists during his career.
This shows that Suarez is still able to make a difference while playing alongside the main attraction- he still managed to become Barcelonas’s third-highest scorer of all-time in just six season.
Ronaldo and Dybala will have to do some early groundwork if he wants a similar goalscoring return.
By Aarjan Dhakhwa