For the most part, where Juventus' young group of talented strikers that have spent the last year or two plying their respective trades has already been figured out. Their 2013-14 clubs set in stone, squad numbers assigned, and now all there is to do is sit back and watch them possibly develop into something worth bringing back to Turin one day.
Manolo Gabbiadini? Now at Sampdoria on co-ownership.
Ciro Immobile? Now at Torino on co-ownership.
The recently-purchased Simone Zaza? Now on a season-long loan deal at Sassuolo.
There's just one guy left out in from the usual suspects: 20-year-old Ghanian striker Richmond Boakye. Where will he go? Nobody really knows right now. Okay, maybe not everybody, but it seems as though Juventus are being very particular when it comes to where the young striker will be playing his football next season.
Sky Sports' Gianluca Di Marzio says this about the situation earlier in the week:
Juventus is committed to Richmond Boakye. The former Sassuolo striker is well liked by Juve's management and they want to keep him. For this reason, they turned down Genoa, Levante and now Eintracht Frankfurt, whom asked for a loan of player in last few hours.
Much like Immobile a season ago, Boakye's registration rights are shared between Juventus and Genoa. (Say what you want about that another time. We probably all agree about it, though.) However, as the weeks have gone by, Immobile's future — at least the immediate one — has been resolved and will be kept within Turin city limits for the upcoming season. The same can't be said for Boakye, who scored 10 goals while on loan at Sassuolo last season, as he currently sits in somewhat of a no man's land as the calendar quickly approaches the beginning of August.
Does he go on loan to another Serie A club since it seems like Genoa isn't an option at this point in time?
That would be the best bet, especially with the trend of Juventus wanting the young strikers they own to get as much playing time as possible in both Serie B and/or Serie A as they look to try and break into the squad in the next year or two. But as the report from Di Marzio shows, Juve do like Boakye, and there have also been talk of Conte wanting to bring him in for preseason training because of that. And while he's not on the squad that is currently traveling to the United States for the next week-plus after taking part in the Under-20 World Cup with Ghana, he could very well be under the Mister's watch when they return to Italy the second week of August.
Who knows, though. It will certainly be interesting to see what does happen to the one young striker who hasn't learned his fait for the upcoming season. Still, we wait to see what will happen with young Richmond Boakye, a player who isn't short on talent — and apparently clubs interested in his services, too.