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Huijsen and Yildiz promoted to Juventus first team

Max Statman

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Juventus has decided the integration of Dean Huijsen and Kenan Yildiz into their first team for the upcoming season.

Both players, born in 2005, are set to have substantial opportunities to not only appear in official matches but also to further solidify their skills through the Next Gen second squad.

The decision stems from a comprehensive strategy developed within the club’s technical department, focusing on providing the best possible growth trajectory for the two promising players.

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By maintaining a strong connection with the Next Gen squad, the Dutch defender Huijsen and Turkish striker Yildiz will experience an innovative approach to their development—a hybrid year that allows them to immerse themselves in the world of professional football while also accumulating valuable match minutes.

This approach draws parallels to a similar scenario that unfolded two years prior when the young talents, Miretti and Soulé, both born in 2003, were promoted to the first team.

However, the distinction lies in the fact that Huijsen and Yildiz’s promotion emphasizes a high level of playing time in official matches. While training under the guidance of Massimiliano Allegri at the Continassa, the two players will actively participate in Next Gen’s official matches.

This unique blend of experiences affords them numerous opportunities to secure spots in the first team lineup and, when needed, make appearances in crucial matches—an intelligently calibrated launch into the world of professional football, streamlining their growth.

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The strategic promotion of Huijsen serves as a testament to Juventus’ belief in his potential as a central defender.

The club’s choice to loan out De Winter (with an obligatory buy-back clause to Genoa for €8 million plus €2 million in bonuses) underscores their commitment to nurturing the Dutch player, who has already gained valuable experience with the first team in the previous season.

Additionally, Allegri expresses a keen interest in Yildiz’s capabilities, though his exact role within the team is yet to be fully defined. The young player has begun to excel in the role of a mezzala (central midfielder) within the second squad.

This has prompted discussions regarding the potential loan of Miretti, which would allow him to secure consistent playing time as a starter elsewhere and potentially return to Juventus in the future, thereby creating room for Yildiz’s occasional appearances during the season.

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