Giaccherini set for life on the bench at Juventus?

It’s hard to define a player who is as much known for a spectacular miss as he is for the goals he has scored, but that is Emanuele Giaccherini’s lot in life.
The 26-year-old might think life ‘doesn’t get better’ than his move to La Vecchia Signora (as he recently told Juventus Channel) but there are some big question marks regarding the logic behind his signing.
Signed from Cesena in a deal worth about €3m with his former club maintaining 50% of the registration rights and Jorge Martinez moving in the opposite direction on loan, there is a nagging feeling that Giaccherini is little more than a good squad player in a position where Juve are missing the talent required for sustained title challenge.
The new kid on the Torinese block, who was born in Tuscany, has progressed from Cesena’s youth academy to the first team with spells on loan at Lega Pro clubs Forli, Bellaria Igea and Pavia and he was instrumental in both Cesena’s promotion in 2010 and their successful battle against relegation last season.
That was his first in Serie A and he marked it with seven goals and four assists in 36 games that included a goal in their shock 2-0 over eventual champions AC Milan as well as another against Inter and two against in a vital relegation dog-fight with Sampdoria. However, for some he might be better remembered for that double miss against Juve in which he managed to shoot both high and wide from about two feet out.
Giaccherini started his career as an attacking midfielder before being converted to a striker, but he also plays on the left side of midfield, cutting in from the flank in a 4-3-3 and then making short passes to the strikers. That would suit Juventus’ tactics under Antonio Conte but it’s hard to know exactly what Giaccherini can add to his new club.
He’ll offer some competition on the left flank for the versatile Simone Pepe, but it’s hard to see how he’ll really improve the strength of the squad. Furthermore, it’s insightful that just a day after they signed him, I bianconeri also brought in Marcelo Estigarribia on loan but the Paraguayan is also bereft of experience in Europe’s bigger leagues.
Following a big-money move to Le Mans he played just 12 games in 18 months before being shipped out on loan back to South America although he did impress in this summer’s Copa America.
Juventus then completed the much-anticipated signing of Eljero Elia on transfer deadline day for €9m from Hamburg, and so, within a few weeks of joining the club Giaccherini finds himself no better than second choice for his favoured position.
Relegated to the position of being merely a squad player, the question is whether Giaccherini, unlike when he faced Juve with Cesena last season, will take his opportunity should he get the chance?

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