Marco Motta's still around, still taking up a roster spot

Claudio Villa

It doesn't take a widely educated person to notice the picture on this post isn't new. It's never been used on this site before, but it's far from recent. Maybe it's the old jerseys that give it away, I dunno. It's from May 15, 2011. That's right, it was taken a few weeks before Antonio Conte was named Juventus manager. It's also the most recent picture of Marco Motta in a Juventus jersey — something I thought I'd be seeing the end of on May 15, 2011.

There are two things wrong with this photo.

1. Sebastian Giovinco isn't with Parma anymore.

2. Marco Motta is wearing a Juventus jersey.

Okay, there's another thing wrong: Marco Motta is still wearing a Juventus jersey.

One of the things we wanted to see Juventus do on deadline day was see Motta make his call-up to Juventus' squad this past weekend his last one for good. As the day went on, rumors came up — but none involving the 27-year-old fullback. There was the three-way swap of strikers that looked like it happened until people saw how much Marco Borriello makes annually. There was the talk of Juventus buying Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan, but it never materialized into an actuality.

In terms of Marco Motta leaving Juventus? Nah, not one single bite.

Dammit. I wanted celebratory tweets from the masses, not this.

Long are the days where we were referring to Motta as a boom-or-bust kind of low-cost acquisition by Beppe Marotta. Well, I think it's safe to say that he was certainly a bust. Now, these days, we just can't wait to see him in another jerseys. It doesn't matter what it is, just not one that has the Juventus and Scudetto patch on it. And it's not like he's really done much to help change that — from the awful defending, to the owl goals, to the red cards (even those against Juventus).

Still, three summer mercatos later, you'd think we'd be done wondering whether or not he'd be gone for good.

I guess here's to hoping Motta's inclusion in Saturday's squad against Lazio was the only notable thing he does with Juventus this season. Well, other than going to another team, of course. Anybody have any connections in Turkey?

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