The Good and The Bad of Juventus' 12 Signings This Season

It was an exceptional season by all measures to the boys in the black and white strips as Juventus finished on top of Serie A, unbeaten and holding the strongest defense in Europe. All these outcomes were a result of the outstanding efforts of CEO Giuseppe Marotta, as the executive made 12 new signings this season.

The Good and The Bad of Juventus' 12 Signings This Season
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 Eljero Elia:

     Juventus fans were excited the most for signing the Dutch winger from Hamburg at the start of the season, eager to look him and Milos Krasic run down the flanks for the team from Turin.

The world cup finalist failed to impress the new coach Antonie Conte as the player signed for 9 million euros has only featured for 93 minutes through all the season even less than Fabio Grosso. Elia is ready to departure as he is devastated he will not be part of the Dutch project in the coming Euros.

Rating: (0/10 deal)


Michele Pazienza:

     The 29 year-old Italian signed for Juventus on a costless transfer deal after his contract has expired with the Partenopei, inelegantly the former Viola player was not fulfilled in his journey with the Old Lady as he aimed to contribute for a team where he could be a starter.

Pazienza lived his moments of regret as he read the preliminary 32-man squad for Euro 2012, looking players he partnered on the Juventus bench selected, and his 19 games played for the team from Udine insignificant to Cesare Prandelli.

Rating: (4/10 deal)


Marcelo Estigarribia:

     Many might not fantasies about the Bianconeri buying Estigarribia, but the 24 year-old was not the worst signing of the year on the contrary he conceivably displayed a number of promising fixtures for La Fidanzata d'Italia. With his pace and dribbling skills down the left flank there is a possibility Juventus would buy the Coppa America finalist as a Paolo De Ceglie backup.

Rating: (5/10 deal)


Marco Borriello:

     There are still talks on buying the striker on loan from the Giallorossi if they shrink his price tag. Perhaps Marco is the only Juventus player “booed” by the stadium fans this campaign, after rumors of him rejecting to sign for Le Zebre last season.

Jack Sparrow was able to overcome the mental and emotional pressure after scoring the savior goal against Cesena in the 79th minute, keeping the Bianconeri on the top of the Scudetto race and finding himself the day after surrounded by supporters during the training session. The AC Milan youth product scored twice and made an assist in his last four games in trails to convince Beppe to hook the pirate with a long-term contract.

Rating: (5.5/10 deal)


Simone Padoin:

     Although did not feature a lot but the ex Atalanta player has exposed some decent quality of football every time he participated in a game for Juventus, not taking a lot to adapt to the chemistry of the team.

Tuttosport have claimed that Simone Padoin will remain a Juventus player for the coming seasons, Antonio Conte probably finds in him the suitable backup for his ability to play in different roles center of midfield and on the flanks.

Rating: (5.5/10 deal)


Emanuele Giaccherini:

     He stole the thunder from the likes of Alberto Aquilani with his farfetched pace when he was named by Cesare Prandelli among the preliminary 32-man squad for Euro 2012. The shortest of the Bianconeri squad is merely the best winger bought by Juventus this season.

Giaccherini did not settle for that as he substantiated class when the coach examined him as a center midfielder, leaving Conte no choice but to put him as the first backup ahead of Simone Padoin and the youngster Luca Marrone.

Rating: (6/10 deal)


Stephan Lichtsteiner:

     For years since the Calciopoli, Juventus did not acquire a right back with the excellence of the Swiss boy, Lichtsteiner made it to the heart of every Juventino when he scored the first goal in the new Juventus stadium.

Maybe the form of Forrest Gump has dropped somewhere lately at the end of the season, but the Grinta of Stephan was clearly noticeable in his inexorable runs down the right flank. The ex Laziale unquestionably deserved the 9.8 million euros if not more.

Rating: (6.5/10 deal)


Martín Cáceres:

     As Lichtsteiner scored the first goal at the new stadium, the Uruguayan defender knew how to get the Juve fans on their feet as he scored a brace against AC Milan on his debut return.

Martín Cáceres is the exact rival Stephan Lichtsteiner needed in the right back possession, with more dribbling skills and less pace than Forrest Gump, Antonio Conte will find the perfect combat for the staring place between two diverse sorts of talents. Note that Caceres has proven himself on the right flank and as a central defender.

Rating: (6.5/10 deal)


Mirko Vucinic:

     He scored four goals and gave three assists in his last eight Juventus fixtures and he is the player directly involved in 18 goals this season more than any other for La Vecchia Signora.

The Montenegrin has developed by time with his new team, shining in form remarkably since March; definitely corroborating he was the superlative Juventus striker this season.

Ranking: (7/10 deal)


Arturo Vidal:

   Seven goals and three assists had the V-Factor signature on them this season, astoundingly on his first year King Arthur was the player that could be marked for his consistency in form more than any other.

With his eminence tackling in winning balls and the perfection of passing and distribution, Vidal is the flawless midfielder the Old Lady has been waiting for.

Rating (9/10 deal)


Andrea Pirlo:

     He certainly knows some tricks that don’t even exist, what Tinkerbell has attained this season is simply a masterpiece, he was a midfield maestro as the boy from Lombardy completed more passes this season than any player in Europe’s top five leagues and exceeded all Serie A players by at least 800 passes. At the age of 33 and Pirlo was capable of accomplishing the highest record with 13 stunning assists. The man left out by Massimiliano Allegri genuinely deserves being named the player of the Serie A season.

Demetrio Albertini on letting Pirlo go: “We are talking about a unique and irreplaceable player in Pirlo.”

Rating (10/10 deal)


Antonio Conte:

     The old sailor has returned to his beloved boat, not a single Juventino could have expected the Bianconeri ending the season winning the Scudetto with an unbeaten record.

Antonio had his psychological and mental role with the players, as you could undoubtedly see the class of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini this season, the same players who conceded 47 goals last campaign molded into the solidest defense in all Europe, the former Siena coach did not stop there as he revolutionized performances of the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon, Claudio Marchisio and Simone Pepe touching the skies of Calcio world. With his brilliance the 42 year-old has guided La Vecchia Signora to her favorite lover “the Scudetto”.

Rating (10/10 deal)