The ex-Bianconeri player has tipped the Colombian to shine behind the strikers or on the wing, but predicts difficulties for his old club in their upcoming clash with Roma
Juan Cuadrado has made the perfect move in joining Juventus and could help fix the side’s problem in the attacking midfield position, according to former player Angelo Di Livio.
The Bianconeri have been in the hunt for a player capable of being the link between midfielder and attack, but have so far been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Julian Draxler from Schalke.
Their search led them to Chelsea winger Cuadrado, who has failed to secure a spot in Jose Mourinho’s first team after joining in January, with the Colombian moving back to Serie A on loan.
And Di Livio has revealed his excitement at the signing, stating the the attacker’s versatility and flair can take the Old Lady far as they look to move on from the departures of Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal.
“He’s someone who can make a huge difference. Serie A will remember him well after his great season for Fiorentina in the 2013 season,” the ex-Italy international, who also represented the Viola in his career, told Tuttosport.
“I’m convinced that Juventus is the perfect club for Cuadrado, who I think can also play behind the strikers. We know the Colombian as a fabulous winger because of his pace, but I’m sure coach Massimiliano Allegri will also try him as an attacking midfielder.”
It is unknown whether the 27-year-old could be ready in time for the Italian champions’ trip to face Roma on Sunday, and Di Livio is of the opinion the early battle between the Scudetto contenders could prove problematic for either side.
“The trip is too soon for Juventus but the same holds true for Roma,” he said. “Unfortunately neither side is in top condition for a match like that, so it’s difficult to make predictions for Sunday.
“In the long run, both are competing for the Scudetto, they’re the best teams to do that.”
Both sides got the season off to a bad start last weekend, with Juventus succumbing 1-0 to Udinese at home while Roma were held to a 1-1 draw at Hellas Verona.