When Weston McKennie‘s mortgage transfer to Juventus grew to become everlasting with a 18.5 million euro switch price in March, few anticipated him to be linked with a transfer away lower than six months later.
Having performed in 34 of 38 Serie A fixtures, he was nearly ever current below Andrea Pirlo, however now faces a brand new take a look at with the arrival of Massimiliano Allegri.
One of many best challenges that he’ll face is the quantity of competitors that he faces inside Allegri‘s squad.
Manuel Locatelli arrived on mortgage from Sassuolo this week and appears set to turn into an everyday starter for La Vecchia Signora after impressing as Italy received Euro 2020, however he joins a group already boasting loads of midfield choices.
That stated, McKennie could be optimistic. Adrien Rabiot is quickly to return from damage however has missed pre-season, whereas Arthur is out till October, which means that McKennie will get alternatives within the opening weeks of the marketing campaign.
Aaron Ramsey, one other Juve midfielder linked with a transfer away, has additionally suffered from accidents over the previous two seasons, lacking 9 video games in 2020/21 alone.
This season will undoubtedly be essential to defining his future, provided that Allegri will mark the beginning of a brand new period, however he appears to have the backing of his coach.
“You have to rating 10 objectives this season,” the Italian was heard shouting at McKennie after he scored in opposition to Cesena in a pre-season pleasant earlier this summer time.
USMNT coach believes
He additionally has backing from elsewhere, together with from Gregg Berhalter, the US mens’ nationwide group coach who gave the 22-year-old the captain’s armband for a pleasant in opposition to Switzerland in Might.
“Allegri has realized his means within the attacking section. We too think about him harmful within the aim zone together with his runs in direction of the penalty space, he may have a optimistic influence on Juventus,” Berhalter defined in an interview with Tuttosport.
A hip damage disrupted the latter half of McKennie’s debut season in Italy, however ought to he proceed to construct on his kind from the primary a part of the marketing campaign, he may set up himself within the Juventus midfield for years to come back.