Juventus didn’t see the best of Federico Chiesa in the 2022/23 season. That was probably to be expected though, given he spent the early stages of the season rehabilitating after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in 2021/22. 

Juventus were faced with a dilemma in the 2023 summer transfer window, then. The Bianconeri had to decide whether or not to cash in on. This situation presented itself in part due to the club’s financial situation, but equally due to how both Chiesa and coach Massimiliano Allegri had grown to feel about the player’s role in the team. 

Federico Chiesa in fine form for Juventus

Federico Chiesa and Dusan Vlahovic celebrate for Juventus. (@juventusfc)

After two goals in three games this Serie A season, Chiesa seems to be back to his old self, if not an even better version than what the Bianconeri have seen before. This is something that the player, his coach, and Juventus fans will be delighted about. 

It isn’t unusual to see wingers evolve with maturity and find themselves moving into other positions. Now, there are signs to suggest that Chiesa will go down a similar route to players like Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie. One dynamic wingers with electric pace, but also technical and with an eye for goal. Both, as Chiesa might now, developed into excellent strikers.

It has long been known that those at the Old Lady regretted only having Henry for six months, and that their failure to sign Van Persie in 2012 haunted them. With Chiesa still on the books at the Allianz Stadium, though, they’re keen to avoid feeling any more regret. 

Allegri has overseen the change, explaining: “Federico is a forward, he can play out wide too. He has a troubling way of shooting, which can be hard to deal with.”

“He is a forward who can score 14 to 16 goals a season.”

Federico Chiesa. (@juventusfcen)

Can Federico Chiesa become a striker?

Given Chiesa‘s form to start the 2023/24 Serie A season, there are suggestions that he might well become just that. Henry and Van Persie, respectively, rarely hit 10 goals before their repositioning. The Italian has only managed the feat twice so far – once for Fiorentina, and once for Juventus

If Chiesa can begin to show similar signs of development, then his worth to Juventus will skyrocket. 

Juventus celebrate a Federico Chiesa goal. (@juventusfcen)

With his contract expiring in the summer of 2025, the 25-year-old’s early-season form is enough for conversations to begin regarding an extension. Even the club themselves will want to tie him down beyond next season in order to protect the value of their asset and to avoid the risk of losing him for free.

It seemed at times last season as though Chiesa had no future under Allegri at Juventus. But the player’s willingness to adapt, the coach’s to use him differently, and the form he has shown in his new position all suggest that he has plenty more to give to the Old Lady.