Southampton could be on to something special if they are to snatch up Stefano Sturaro from Juventus, who is currently on their radar, as per reports. Versatile and hard-working, Sturaro would only add strength to a midfield which already boasts the likes of Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse and the Saints captain, Steven Davis.
Hard working, quick and technically gifted, the young Italian is capable of playing anywhere in midfield. He is not afraid to put in a tackle if and when required and his overall gameplay shows that he would fit in well within the Southampton ranks. His physicality would benefit Southampton to a great extent.
Since signing for Juventus in 2014, Sturaro has gone on to make 64 appearances for the Bianconeri, scoring 2 goals. Juventus already have a midfield packed with big names. Breaking into a starting 11 which already contain the likes of Pajnic, Khedira, Matuidi and Marchisio might be a step too soon for Sturaro.
Newcomer Emre Can would further push Sturaro’s name down the pecking order within the Juventus camp. It is understandable that Sturaro’s lack of game time has prevented the young Italian from gaining the exposure required in order for him to personally develop into a player who can challenge for a place within the starting 11.
The South Coast club had a rough campaign last term, as they slumped to a 17th place finish, three points clear of the relegation zone. Conceding 56 goals during a single Premier League campaign is not ideal. Changes need to be made sooner rather than later if they are to avoid the embarrassment of bidding farewell to the top flight and slumping into the EFL Championship.
The Saints should look to make good use of the upcoming transfer window. New reinforcements in their back-line is a priority. The capture of forward Mohamed Elyounoussi from Basel F.C on a five-year deal is already a step in the right direction for the club. He would provide Mark Hughes’ men with a new dimension in the opposition half. Hughes along with the Southampton board must act fast to land Sturaro if they are to prevent themselves from getting involved in the relegation scrap at the end of the 2018 season.
The Welsh manager is well aware that his squad is capable of putting in better shifts, but if morale and performances are below par, then there can be no saving Southampton from the dreaded drop.
Sturaro must be aware of the challenges that await him if he is to make a name for himself in the English game. As of now, he has nothing to lose, so he must relish the opportunity to go and make a name for himself in this beautiful game that is football.