After failed attempts to sign Sergio Aguero and Giuseppe Rossi, Juventus turned their attention to Roma’s Montenegrin striker Mirko Vucinic as they set out to bolster their attack.
At €15m Vucinic was not a cheap signing but considering the transfer fees in modern football and the skill, power and goalscoring ability of the player, the Zebre certainly did not pay too much for him, indeed the fans in the Italian capital will feel the Lupi did not receive enough for one of their star players. A very adept player, Vucinic will become a key player for Juve in the coming season and as he can play either as a striker or a winger. He adds more depth to an already sizeable squad.
At 27-years of age, Vucinic is older than Rossi and Aguero and he is not the marquee signing fans would have hoped for, but the former Lecce player is well worth the large sum of money the Bianconeri paid for his services. Overall Vucinic is a very strong striker. In his final season at Roma he showed that he has blossomed into a very quick, skilful, versatile and clinical forward who can score goals from any angle. The Montenegro international is a fantastic signing for the Old Lady as he has shown over the past two seasons at Roma. When he hits top form he is unstoppable.
Vucinic possesses qualities that are very rare among modern day footballers. Against Inter he showed that he was willing to throw his head where Marco Borriello seemed scared to place his boot, throwing himself in front of Lucio’s swinging leg to meet Daniele de Rossi’s cross, sending the ball into the bottom corner – commitment and courage which gave the Giallorossi their first league victory of the 2010/11 season. Vucinic is also a versatile and flexible player, both his feet are equally strong and with his ability to beat full-backs and send cracking crosses into the box to set up teammates, he can be deployed on either wing, where he can even score a few himself, which Juventinos may remember from last season’s Coppa Italia quarter-final when he cut in from the left-wing and looped the ball past Marco Storari and into the far corner. As a clinical goalscorer with the aerial ability he possesses, he can also be used as a main or secondary striker.
The acquisition of the 6ft1 striker opens a whole range of options for new Coach Antonio Conte. He will slot in perfectly with the fast-paced, attacking football the new Juventus side is capable of playing. Vucinic can play alongside Alessandro Matri and Alessandro Del Piero, complementing either in a striking partnership if Conte sticks with a 4-4-2 as expected, or he can flourish in any role of a three pronged attack. The depth of the new Juve side combined with the versatility of Vucinic means that there is even more competition for places in the team. Vucinic will keep the likes of Milos Krasic, Fabio Quagliarella, Simone Pepe, Matri and Del Piero on their toes and force them to maintain a level of consistency throughout the season or he will have no problem stealing their position and slotting into their role perfectly.