Khedira’s arrival is being viewed as a real signal of intent for Juventus. It’s fair to say that Italy’s best side just got better. Having secured a domestic double, they will now aim to launch another assault on the treble in the upcoming campaign after falling at the final hurdle to deserving victors Barcelona in Berlin.
The arrival of the German only swells Juventus’ midfield ranks, which is clearly teeming with talent. A lack of first team action during his final season with Real Madrid – Khedira made just 3 league starts last term – effectively forced him out of the Bernabeu exit door and into the welcoming arms of Max Allegri and co.
Effectively, Khedira is not in the midfield to perform the spectacular, leaving as much to the likes of Pogba or Vidal. He won’t make the same lung-busting runs from deep as Marchisio and his game is different to that of Pirlo, in that the Italian instead looks to spread play with his vast range of passing. However, Khedira will likely battle for a starting berth with the veteran given the position the pair play. A robust midfielder who utilises his physicality to break up play with aplomb (when handed the opportunity to do so), the 28-year-old is expected to be tasked with shielding the defence when called on.
It would be harsh to focus on Khedira’s stats from last season as a primary example given his lack of game time for Real Madrid, instead looking at his performances for Los Blancos in his debut season in Spain as a reference point. In his 5 league seasons in Spain, Khedira’s best WhoScored rating (7.00) came in the 2010/11 campaign, where he averaged 1.9 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per game.
The signing of Khedira is a sound investment by Juventus. What does it mean for the likes of Pogba and Vidal, however? To cut a long story short, nothing. The former may leave in the foreseeable future, but Khedira’s arrival will in no means force Juventus’ hand to sell either of the two. A midfield brimming with quality has been strengthened by the arrival of the Germany international and neither Allegri nor the club are likely to allow the position to be weakened after Khedira put pen to paper with the Italian champions.