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Leandro Paredes turned down Premier League duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Serie A and is already being labelled a Juventus ‘flop’, via Radio Bianconera.
They say you should always start as you mean to go on. But not like this.
When the former PSG and Roma playmaker gave away a penalty on debut during September’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina – only a fine save from Mattia Perin sparing him from further blushes – a player of Paredes’ talent and experience would have been expected to shrug it off, bounce back and show everyone in Turin just why he had been handpicked to solve Juventus’ seemingly never-ending midfield problems.
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That Juventus are already looking to back out of an agreement they made with Paris Saint-Germain, to make Paredes’ loan deal permanent for an initial £20 million, should tell you how well this attempted renaissance is going.
Per Gazzetta dello Sport, Paredes is already facing an uncertain future under Max Allegri.
Arsenal and Tottenham wanted Leandro Paredes before he joined Juventus
“He’s a flop for what you pay. There’s no doubt,” argues former Inter Milan and Roma director Walter Sabatini. “This is certainly not the player I know. But neither is this the player Juventus decided to sign.
“He seems, to me, to be in a lot of difficulty on an athletic level. At this moment, he is very disappointing.”
“So far, he has done very badly at Juventus. And also against Saudi Arabia.”
According to The Athletic, Paredes had little interest in joining Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici at Spurs in a potential swap deal involving Tanguy Ndombele. He also rebuffed Arsenal’s advances in favour of Juventus (Gianluca di Marzio).
There is still a chance, of course, that Paredes comes good. He is still new to the Allianz Stadium, after all. And he would not be the first player to belatedly find his feet in novel surroundings. The post-World Cup break, meanwhile, will offer Paredes a much-needed and long overdue rest.
“When he’s discovers himself again, Juve will have one more bullet to shoot with. At that point, he will become a huge advantage,” Sabatini adds.
For now, however, Paredes’ critics can only judge on what they see. And what they see is, well, not particularly pretty.
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