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Frank Tigani On January - 16 - 2011

Juventus Sign Luca Toni: The Madness of the Old Lady

Earlier this season, even one month ago before the winter break, it seemed as if Juventus finally returned as a force in the Serie A. As most successful club in Italy with more Scudetti than any other club, it was a welcome return indeed.

In the summer months Juventus made a number of signings that have aided in their bid to again be champions of Italy. Leonardo Bonucci, Alberto Aquilani, Fabio Quagliarella and star signing of Milos Krasic were astute purchases by the club. These new signings played their role in helping Juventus return to the higher echelons of Italian football, perhaps none more so than Krasic who has been touted as the new Pavel Nedved in disguise.

But the New Year has seen the fortunes of the Old Lady change dramatically. A heavy loss at home to Parma followed by another heavy loss in Naples has seen Juve’s title challenge sputter and stall like a flooded engine.

Having yet attained a point in the first two Serie A matches this New Year, Juventus have additionally lost their main protagonist in attack, Fabio Quagliarella.

As the club’s top scorer this campaign with nine goals and two assists, loss of Quagliarella has to be a major blow.

Given it is January with four plus months still to play, this should not be the case. A club of Juventus’ stature and history should be able to recover the loss of Quagliarella with the signing of a suitable replacement but suitable is the key when purse strings are held so tightly.

In what can only be deemed as an act of madness, in their attempt to replace Quagliarella Juventus signed Luca Toni. A player discarded by Bayern Munich and then allowed to leave Roma, Toni was surely playing his last days as the washed up striker he is in the port city of Genoa.

For Toni it must have been an incredible twist of fate. Juventus will become the biggest club Toni has ever played for, at least in Italy. How unlikely for the former Italian international that at this stage of his career a club like Juventus come calling for him to help them regain their title credentials.

Admittedly, Toni was not the club’s first preference. In the days leading up to the signing of Edin Dzeko by Manchester City, it was Juventus that seemed favourites for his signature.

Yet, the Old Lady missed the opportunity to sign Dzeko who clearly stated that a move to Turin was his favoured destination. Signing Dzeko would have bolstered the Juventus squad greatly and would have injected a renewed sense of enthusiasm and optimism in Juventus’ title push that certainly would have continued had the Bosnian arrived.

Whilst the January transfer window may still be open there is still time for Juventus to make amends and secure the signing of a suitable replacement. Recent reports are hinting that the Old Lady is interested in securing the services of Diego Forlan from Atletico Madrid. Even better than Forlan would be if Juventus signed Fernando Torres, another player the club has been linked to.

If Juventus do not purchase another striker and a quality one at that during this transfer window, then their challenge for the Scudetto will effectively be over and their focus should turn to securing Champions League football.

With the likes of Amauri, Vincenzo Iaquinta and the latest addition of Luca Toni, Juventus have an array of completely mediocre and substandard strikers that in no way are going to help the Old Lady’s cause.

  • Faiz

    Juventus couldn’t possibly have signed dzeko during this transfer window since FIGC rules state that a club cannot import more than 1 non-EU player each season. For Juve that player this season was krasic. So signing dzeko was simply an impossibility.

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