Aaron Ramsey’s Juventus dream quickly became a NIGHTMARE ravaged by form and fitness… the ex-Arsenal midfielder has become the Serie A side’s biggest mistake in the market and his relationship with fans has been DESTROYED
- Juventus have been left frustrated by Aaron Ramsey’s output since he arrived
- The Welshman joined on a free from Arsenal in 2019 but he has disappointed
- Against Fiorentina, Ramsey struggled to pull off Andrea Pirlo’s tactical plan
- Issues with injuries have not helped the midfielder – he has spent 105 days out
Aaron Ramsey arrived at Juventus for nothing and yet he remains the Old Lady’s biggest transfer mistake in the past two years.
Just when Ramsey looks to be figuring it out, ready to unlock his potential, he relapses and what he has experienced since arriving from Arsenal in 2019 has been nothing short of a nightmare.
The mechanisms and quirks of Italian football seem to have passed the Welshman by and if he were a university student descending on the popular Turin he would have failed every year.
Aaron Ramsey’s frustrating spell at Juventus continued at the weekend away to Fiorentina
Andrea Pirlo (left) and president Andrea Agnelli (right) need to make a call on Ramsey this year
Ramsey is settled with his family in the city but continues to have language difficulties as well as tactical.
He can become an easy target, particularly in a season like this where Juventus, who entered 2020-21 targeting a 10th straight Scudetto, are scrapping just to finish inside the top four.
But Ramsey regularly struggles to find the right position on the pitch and he still seems too insecure to become the leader of this lazy Juventus midfield. His performances, this season in particular, have destroyed any relationship with fans.
He is often meme’d on fan pages and is seen as the weak link, even if he is not solely to blame for this season’s demise.
Andrea Pirlo’s midfield are performing far below the standards of recent years and Ramsey must share the blame in this respect.
One of Ramsey’s biggest issues since swapping England for Italy has been his health.
He started against Fiorentina in a 3-5-2 system but he struggled and was eventually hooked off
Since joining Juventus he has been out injured for 105 days. Pirlo has defended him publicly but the general consensus is that he is far too frail for the rigours of a Serie A campaign.
His arrival is now viewed as a real economic disaster due to the small number of games he has managed to play in the last two years.
The feeling is that Ramsey is afraid to push himself to the edge on the pitch for fear of suffering new injuries and that his performances are strongly influenced by the physical problems that have tormented him across the last two years.
Ramsey, in short, is a gigantic problem and Juventus is trying to find out how to get rid of him at the end of this disastrous Serie A season.
He arrived to great expectations, hopes that he would become the technical epicentre of the Juventus midfield but in Florence on Sunday afternoon he demonstrated once again why he cannot step up.
There was little dynamism or personality shown in the dour 1-1 draw and Andrea Pirlo had no choice but to haul him off just after the hour.
Ramsey arrived on a free to great expectations that he could take Juventus’s midfield over
Instead he has struggled to stay fit and has managed instead to miss large spells of action
Pirlo tried to help Ramsey by using him in the 3-5-2 system but it did not bear fruit with a dominant display.
‘We tried to keep Ramsey wide, giving Juan Cuadrado the opportunity to push up, and we developed the play a different way,’ Pirlo explained.
‘We didn’t do what we were supposed to in the first half.’
The question now is Juventus need a change and, in truth, so does Ramsey. His agency said last year talk of a split from Pirlo was ‘nonsense’ but a divorce now would not come as a great surprise.
For one, Ramsey’s contract does not expire until June 30, 2023 and so the midfielder is under no pressure to rush out of the door given his salary, reportedly in the region of £6.5million a year.
And it is this salary that makes any exit difficult for Andrea Agnelli and the Juventus hierarchy to manufacture.
Ramsey is on an exorbitant salary and injuries have meant he’s not paid back their investment
Juventus have forked out roughly €350,000 (£304,000) for every Ramsey appearance – they could have bought a Ferrari for each match.
Instead they got the equivalent of a spluttering car that cannot seem to avoid engine problems and flat tyres.
If Juventus get their way the most likely solution is that of a farewell at the end of the season with a probable return to the Premier League – albeit at a club outside the top six.
No top club will be willing to invest so much money on a player who does not have the physical capacity to be able to play continuously. For now he’s Juventus problem, for how much longer nobody quite knows.
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