Juventus’ title bid this season are starting to hit a brick wall especially after the game against Parma as not only they were thumped 4-1 in Turin, the Bianconeri had to lose one of their best striker this season, Fabio Quagliarela, who might not play more games this season.
In an attempt to quickly fix their problems up front, the Turin giant’s management made a rather swift decision by signing Luca Toni from Genoa only one day after discovering Quagliarella’s decision.
This signing of the veteran striker come in a rather surprising manner as previously the Bianconeri haven’t being linked with the former Fiorentina attacker, as the media claims that it was the Milan duo that were seriously competing to sign Toni. However, it seems Quagliarella’s bad injury made Juve worried a bit considering the fact that their other strikers haven’t been convincing this days, mostly because having to spent lot of time in the treatment room rather than on the pitch.
Toni himself was ecstatic with this new adventure as the veteran striker believes that he will be able to contribute a lot for his new team, claiming that his playing style would definitely suit with Luigi Del Neri’s tactic at Juventus. The former Bayern Muenchen player also stated that the Turin giant have a good chance to challenge for the Scudetto this season despite slipping into a defeat at home against Parma last Thursday.
“You can’t say no to Juve. I am a box-playing centre-forward and I believe that I will fit in well with Del Neri. I have chosen the No 20 shirt, I would like to bring a little bit of that luck with me and I believe [we can fight for the Scudetto] right until the end,” Toni said.
Although Toni’s arrival might help Juve’s attacking force for the remaining season, it would be interested to see how essential would his contribution be as the veteran striker hasn’t really showed a convincing form in Genoa. Moreover, the signing looked like a panic buy instead of something that being well planed as the process happened really quick that many Bianconeri fans are pretty much surprised with the management’s decision.
Surely the Juve’s fans will definitely be waiting whether the management is doing the right thing by singing a veteran striker like Toni until June 2012 and deciding to miss out at some previousyounger attackers that were heavily linked with them such as Edin Dzeko, Giampaolo Pazzini and Alberto Gilardino. The tifosi might not wait that long to see the former Fiorentina striker’s contribution for the Bianconeri as next weekend, the Turin giant will be facing a stern test against Napoli, that are looking for a consolation after being beaten by Inter Milan in midweek.
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