I'd love to see Porto's Alex Sandro come to Juve. Would be the PERFECT solution to our LWB problem— O Fenômeno (@ayyy_west) October 1, 2013
I've only seen him play a few times for Porto, but I think Alex Sandro can be a world-class left back too.— O Fenômeno (@ayyy_west) August 7, 2012
Yes it's true. I'm clairvoyant. Please, save your applause till the end, there will be plenty of time for autographs and pictures.
As you can read for yourself, I've long been a fan of Alex Sandro. Having watched him dominate the left flank for years at FC Porto, I was absolutely overjoyed when he put pen to paper with Juventus. €26 million fee? Peanuts. You pay for quality, and quality is exactly what Sandro is.
Don't get me wrong, I've been mightily impressed by Uncle Pat Evra, despite my initial qualms with his personality and general dislike of him as a person. While I always rated him as a player, he always struck me as, frankly, a little shit. Since his arrival at Juve last season, however, he won me over with his tough tackling, consistency, on-field leadership, off-field shepherding of the younger players and glowing words about Serie A and Juventus.
However, as wonderful of a defender as Evra is, he comes up a bit short on other side of the ball. Never particularly renowned for his attacking prowess, Alex Sandro's (slow) introduction to the team has been an absolute revelation for Juventus. Blessed with pace, strength, dribbling skill and (THANK GOD FINALLY) wonderful crossing ability, it's only a matter of time before he supplants Evra as the first choice left back/wingback.
Since the days of Cristian Molinaro, Paulo De Ceglie and frequent tears from Juventus supporters, we've been crying out for an all-action left-sided defender/wingback who can get up and down the flank, defend competently, and put in a quality cross. Another Stephan Lichtsteiner, if you will. Just as Lichtsteiner's introduction to the team was an incredibly important piece of the puzzle for Antonio Conte's Juve, Alex Sandro is slowly proving himself to be the same for Massimiliano Allegri's side.
This season Allegri has taken his time introducing Sandro to the team, as he has done with nearly all of our young(er) signings while they adjust to Serie A, Juventus' tactics and the team in general. Here we are in December, and Alex Sandro looks as if he's been in a Juventus shirt his entire life. Watching he and Paul Pogba link down the left has been nothing short of breathtaking as they've already built a wonderful understanding that will surely only grow as the season progresses.
With some strong performances already under his belt, Sandro seems to grow every single game. He defends like a mother grizzly bear, attacks like a drunk Viking, and finally, finally, finally Juve have a left back who can cross a decent ball. You know what that smells like? It smells like Juventus' left side is secure for at least the next 3-4 years.