Having been told he is free to leave Juventus, legendary striker Alessandro Del Piero is on the look out for a new club – prompting speculation of a move to the Premier League.
Del Piero’s fairytale career in Turin is over after nearly 700 appearances and 285 goals in the Black and White of Juventus, but he didn’t leave quietly, winning the Scudetto and scoring in his final appearance in front of his home crowd. His last game for Juve will be this weekend against Napoli in the Coppa Italia final, bringing the curtain down on fantastic service from ‘Il Pinturicchio’.
With the 37 year old set to become a free agent, Del Piero is attracting interest from three London based teams: Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers. Here is how I think Del Piero would fit with each team:
ARSENAL: Whilst there is speculation that Robin van Persie could leave, I don’t see how Del Piero would fit in at the Emirates. German international forward Lukas Podolski has already agreed to join Arsene Wenger’s side, whilst Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrey Arshavin and Gervinho will seemingly be with the team next year too.
Not only this, but Del Piero is your quintessential ‘trequartista’. He likes to sit off the forward and dictate play, but in Wenger’s usual 4-3-3 system, this role wouldn’t be available.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Harry Redknapp is clearly in the market for a striker or two, though Marseille’s Loic Remy seems like the primary target right now. When Rafael van der Vaart is at his best, it is in the role behind the forward – where Del Piero would play.
With concerns over van der Vaart’s fitness and durability, bringing in a proven, experienced goalscorer like Del Piero for a year or two could end up being another smart move by Redknapp.
QUEENS PARK RANGERS: My favourite fit for Del Piero is probably QPR! They’re an ambitious team with Tony Fernandez running the show now, and snapping up one of football’s biggest names would really put the proverbial ‘bums on seats’. Del Piero could sit just behind Djibril Cisse and create chances aplenty for the pacy striker.
It’s a partnership that would provide goals for a QPR team who will be looking to progress in their second season, whilst his vast experience could rub off on some of the younger players, particularly someone like Adel Taarabt.
If Del Piero is to move to the Premier League, I would love to see him at QPR. I think he still has a lot left in the tank and possesses great vision, technique and guile, and an added bonus for QPR fans is that he’s unlikely to kick opposition players or spend the majority of his spare time on Twitter.
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