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Loan Watch: A look at Juve’s young guns who are out on loan

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Juventus sent multiple young players on loan in hopes to get them the playing time needed to develop. Those players look to not only improve but also impress manager Max Allegri. Who’s shining and who is struggling.

Shining

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Rovella: Nicolò Rovella has been one of Genoa’s only bright spots this season. So far, he has featured in 16 matches (15 starts) for Genoa and has registered 3 assists. Those assists have come from a defensive midfield position where he showcased his passing ability. What has really impressed Allegri has been his defensive work and his passing ability. He has been one of Serie A’s finest young midfielders and deserves the step up. Although Genoa sit 19th in Serie A and are likely to get relegated, Rovella is a player that definitely deserves to stay in Serie A and get his chance at Juventus.

Fagioli: Nicolò Fagioli is having an outstanding season in Serie B with Cremonese. Getting the game time he deserves, he has registered 3 goals and 5 assists from a central midfield position. He has been a star at Cremonese this season. With his help, Cremonese have been as high as 2nd in the Serie B table and currently sit 5th. They are 5 points off of league leaders Lecce and have a chance at promotion this season. Allegri has taken notice of Fagioli’s progress and has repeatedly praised him throughout the season. With Allegri and the rest of Italy paying attention, Fagioli has a good shot at becoming something special.

Vrioni: A player who hasn’t been mentioned enough has been Giacomo Vrioni. The Albanian striker is currently playing for WSG Tirol in the Austrian Bundesliga. So far, he has registered 11 goals and 2 assists in 15 appearances for the Austrian side. In the Austrian Bundesliga, he is tied for 3rd in the scoring charts with 9 goals in 13 appearances. He’s been the main goal scorer for WSG Tirol and with the likely exit of Morata in the summer, maybe Vrioni has what it takes to impress Allegri and get a chance. Vrioni is having a great season and hopefully he keeps it up.

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Struggling

Frabotta: Gianluca Frabotta has had a tough time at Hellas Verona this season. Verona’s head coach Igor Tudor, loaned in Frabotta with the hopes of him being a solid replacement for Federico Dimarco, who joined Inter last summer. Those hopes have fallen short. Frabotta has been struggling with injuries this season and hasn’t even registered an appearance for Verona. Reports have even suggested that Verona wanted to cut his loan short this past January but an agreement wasn’t found. Hopefully Frabotta recovers and is able to get some games in later this season. We will wait and see.

Correia: Felix Correia is a winger who spent most of last season playing for Juventus’ U23. Juventus have loaned him to Serie B side Parma in hopes to give him regular playing time. When he joined Parma, it made sense. They used a formation that utilized wingers. However, due to poor results, Parma fired their manager and replaced him with a manger who prefers a 3-5-2. This formation severely limits Correia’s abilities and this has seen him struggling to find form. It’s unfortunate for Felix, who will have to spend another 6 months at a team where his abilities won’t be shown.

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Dragusin: Dragusin was loaned to Sampdoria at the start of this season. Under their previous coach D’Aversa, he was getting good minutes and was playing decent. Unfortunately, Sampdoria hired a new coach and that has seen his minutes decrease. This past January, Juventus decided to cut his loan spell short at Sampdoria and send him to Salernitana instead. Salernitana are currently last in Serie A and need all the help they can get. With Dragusin, hopefully he helps them out and performs well.

 

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