Despite Massimiliano Allegri’s defence, it’s obvious that Dusan Vlahovic is failing to show his best with Juventus and now it’s time for him to turn things around.
The 22-year-old Serbian striker has now not scored in his last three consecutive outings and he was visibly frustrated on the bench after being brought off in the Bianconeri’s 2-1 defeat to Genoa on Friday. Vlahovic scored 17 goals in the first half of the season for Fiorentina but has only netted six in Serie A since making the switch to Turin.
Allegri tried to defend Vlahovic to the press after the loss to Genoa, feeling that “if he always played like this it would be good for the team. He doesn’t realise that the performance is good.” The stats from the match show, however, that the Serbian striker did not have a good match.
Against Genoa, Vlahovic only made 25 touches, won two of seven duels, made zero interceptions, crosses or key passes, took one shot on target and forced only one foul, a sign for a fairly invisible performance. In comparison, in Inter’s 4-2 win over Empoli, Lautaro Martinez made 47 touches, won 11 of 17 duels, took seven shots and scored two goals.
Whilst it would be remiss to directly compare the two, considering the difference in playstyle between teams, it’s obvious that Vlahovic is not hitting the heights he expected in Turin. He’ll need to shake off this frustration and start firing on all cylinders though, as Allegri won’t be able to defend him forever.
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