Aaron Ramsey starred for Arsenal and continues to shine for Wales. So what went wrong with him at Juventus? And what happens next?
The 31-year-old’s recent form for Wales has all the hallmarks of a player who is still performing at his best but struggled to achieve the desired impact at Juventus following his 2019 free transfer from Arsenal, where he scored 64 goals in 369 Games.
Ramsey made 65 appearances for the Turin giants in his first two seasons, but endured numerous periods away from the team.
This season under Massimiliano Allegri, who returned to the club in May to succeed Andrea Pirlo, the situation has worsened. Ramsey has only appeared five times, making his last appearance in September. He hasn’t started consecutive matches for the club since March and is expected to leave this month after Allegri confirmed the Welshman is an “outgoing player”.
What went wrong in Italy? And could he return to the Premier League when the transfer market opens in January? Sky in Italy journalist Francesco Cosatti answers our questions.
What were Ramsey’s expectations when he arrived at Juventus?
FC: “The expectations were high. The only doubts were about his physical condition, with the knowledge that the Welshman’s best football had been a few years ago. But by choosing him Juventus secured a player of the highest level who was highly appreciated both inside and out. out. the field “.
What was the opinion in Italy about him as a player and about his time at Arsenal?
FC: There was a clear awareness of what his path to Arsenal had been. He was one of their most important players of the last decade. He was seen as a versatile player who could move between midfield and attack without too much difficulty, and a player who could score goals and play box to box. “
Was it seen as a good deal for Juventus?
FC: “The fact that he was on a free transfer, with his contract the only expense for Juventus, made it seem like a really good deal. Ramsey had a great reputation. The fans were aware of his advancing years but believed he was a great deal. potential holder. in the team – or at least a team player at European level “.
So what went wrong with him?
FC: There are so many aspects. First of all the many injuries and physical problems. Ramsey has never finished two consecutive games at Juventus. This season he has played 112 minutes in five appearances. That’s really too little.
“The pandemic has also changed all the habits of the players, in terms of how they work, and from that point of view it has certainly been more complicated for him.
“Then there is the triple change of coach in three years, from Maurizio Sarri, to Pirlo, to Allegri. This last season is certainly the most difficult for him.”
How do Juve’s hierarchy and fans feel when they see him perform in excellent performances for Wales?
FC: “I can only answer as far as the Juventus fans are concerned: they are surprised and wonder why Ramsey is unable to produce the same high level performances in Italy.
“In Italy there is talk of ‘Doctor Aaron’ and ‘Mister Ramsey’ to make us understand his double experience as a footballer. At the moment they are rather disappointed with his performances with Juventus.”
Is he popular with his teammates in the Juventus locker room?
FC: “The teammates have a great respect for Aaron. He is a nice guy who fits in well in the locker room. He is very kind and appreciated by all the staff on a human level.”
Did Ramsey say anything about why it didn’t work?
FC: “From the national team headquarters in Wales, he insinuated that he was not ‘managed properly’ by Juventus and that, with Wales, he is given more rest and recovery time after matches, unlike Juventus.
“But then, the day after returning to Turin from the international break, Ramsey accused a physical problem and was unable to join the squad for the match against Lazio.”
IIs there a future for Ramsey at Juventus?
FC: “January could be a decisive month for Ramsey. Probably a new experience would motivate the player more and free up a place in midfield where Juventus could look for a new player profile.”
Will they let him leave for good?
FC: “We know Juventus are ready to hear any interesting offers for Ramsey. He is not seen as un-transferable. The fact that he has only five Serie A and Champions League appearances this season shows that it is not a priority for the manager.”
If he leaves, how will his time at Juventus be judged?
FC: “If Ramsey leaves Juventus, I am sure that in the future there will be talk of a high-level European who, due to too many physical problems, has not been able to show all his talent.
“Off the pitch he will be remembered as an exceptional young professional, highly regarded for his character and human worth.”
Could Ramsey return to the Premier League?
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Sky Italy supreme transfer Gianluca Di Marzio stated: “Ramsey could return to the Premier League. He had an official proposal from Burnley to sign for them, but he said no.
“He wants to play in a more ambitious team, Newcastle also asked for him before Christmas. We’ll see if anyone can sign him in January.”
“Ramsey will probably be back this month”
Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports News on the Transfer Show:
“I don’t think he has a future at Juventus. Coach Massimiliano Allegri was speaking today, he was asked about Aaron Ramsey and he was very dismissive. Basically he said that Ramsey is a player who is about to leave the club.
“He has barely played … he has played something like a little over an hour this season and has a lot of money. There are reports that he is making £ 325,000 a week.
He is earning a lot because he moved to Juventus on a free transfer. It’s a really big year for Ramsey because of Wales.
“They have this really important World Cup qualifying match coming up against Austria, and if they succeed they would face Scotland or Ukraine for a World Cup spot, so Ramsey has to play regularly.”
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