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Is Bellerin the answer to Juventus full-back problems?

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By Football Italiano

Thursday 14 December 2017

With Juventus just two points away from Serie A leaders Inter Milan, and with the January sales just around the corner, attention has already turned towards which players the Old Lady will be looking to bring in to strengthen their title bid in 2018.

Now, as we all know, football is an industry just made for having a flutter – you can find odds on next managers to be sacked, odds on over 90 new soccer leagues and odds on the minute of the first goal in a game.

However, the most interesting odds at the moment seem to be the shortening relating to the chances of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin leaving north London for the Italian top flight. Having coming through the ranks at Barcelona and plying the majority of his senior career with the Gunners (save for a brief loan spell at Watford a few years ago), a new challenge could be just what the 22-year-old Spain international needs.

His signing, too, could be just what Juventus need. They have the leakiest defence in the top four right now, and while that isn’t a bad feat considering some of the numbers in the “against” tally for other teams it still represents missed points. Those points, of course, are vital for any title chasing team – especially in a season as tight at the top of the table as this one.

Mattia De Sciglio may have only moved to Turin back in the summer from AC Milan, but some healthy competition for a spot in the first team from a player of Bellerin’s quality will surely only reap wonderous rewards for Juventus over the next season or two. Learning from – and competing with – the best is a great way to improve, and both De Sciglio and Bellerin could end up as better players with some healthy competition. Those who are after some soccer betting tips relating to the chances of this transfer actually coming off, it may be best to keep an eye on the team’s performances between now and the January transfer window opening – but both sides involved could do much worse!

De Sciglio’s game time may already have been somewhat limited this season what with his benchwarming, but his versatility in being able to play in either full-back position mean that he could even provide a cross-field link up with Bellerin at some stage.

His game time could be set to improve with the recent injury to Stephan Lichtsteiner, but should Bellerin end up making the move it could be a case of having to adjust to a more left-sided role if he wants to register a good amount of minutes on the pitch. His fitness hasn’t been of the highest order either, so from Juve’s perspective the capture of Bellerin could be reassuring.

Rather than showing a lack of faith in De Sciglio’s abilities, however, it could simply ease pressure on the club in knowing that there is a bit of depth in that area of the park with no less than three top players vying for the one position. De Sciglio may have the added versatility of being able to play left-back too, but that is a problem Juventus will almost certainly be happy to have.

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