Juventus have been one of the most dominant teams in Serie A. They are the record title-winners in Italy and had a run of nine consecutive titles before Inter Milan broke their streak. Now, three seasons have ended, and Juventus have failed to add another Scudetto.
The Italian club won’t participate in Europe in 2023-24 after being banned over breaches of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play rules. This means that Juve will focus on the league title and end this title drought.
In order to do so, the Old Lady needs to retain their top players and strengthen the team. One such player is striker Dusan Vlahovic. The Serb was on Chelsea’s wishlist, and Juventus had made plans to replace him with Romelu Lukaku. These two clubs couldn’t agree on a deal, and Vlahovic remained in Turin. Here are some of the stats that show how the 23-year-old could play a crucial role in winning the league.
Ensuring a decent start to the 2023-24 campaign
Dusan Vlahovic started the Serie A 2023–24 season with a goal and assist in the first game against Udinese. Juventus won the match 3-0. The Serb only attempted one shot and scored on that opportunity.
In the second match, Vlahovic scored the equaliser for his side against Bologna. He attempted three shots, and that was the only shot on target. The other two shots were blocked by the defence.
What Vlahovic offers?
The 23-year-old Serbian striker led the line for Juventus in the Serie A, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League combined on 40 occasions. He scored 14 goals in his first full season at his new club. The above heat map shows that Vlahovic likes to stay in the centre and waits for his opportunity to score a goal.
The above viz shows the shot map of the player from the 2022–23 season. As mentioned earlier, Vlahovic likes to stay in the centre and wait for his opportunity. His shot map also indicates the same. Most of the shots have been attempted from near the penalty spot. The Serb also has the ability to score some long-range goals. He scored five goals from outside the penalty box. Vlahovic averaged 2.5 shots per 90 minutes and had a 40.5% accuracy rate.
Dusan Vlahovic is also effective with his dribbling and the ability to hold the ball. Last campaign, the forward won 34 fouls for his team, and that included a penalty as well. The player attempted 1.67 dribbles per 90 minutes and had a 54% success rate.
The 23-year-old Serbian will be a key figure in this campaign. Juventus need a regular goal-scorer and a player who could lead them to the Serie A title. Vlahovic has played 142 Serie A games and netted 63 goals. He has the experience and also has a chance to establish his name in Europe.
Visuals via TFA data viz engine