Juventus starlet Samuel Iling-Junior has struggled to earn playing time in 2023/24 season, hindering his development and potentially lowering his market value. The 20-year-old English winger was one of the revelations of the 2022/23 campaign for the Bianconeri, impressive with his pace, skills, and directness on the left flank.

However, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has granted more time to Filip Kostic and Andrea Cambiaso on the left, limiting the former Juventus Next Gen player’s chances of playing.

La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Iling-Junior has played for just 89 minutes in Serie A this season, and he might weigh up his options if he does not see any improvement. It is possible that he could leave in January, and he could eventually leave as a free agent if he does not feel a part of the Juventus project.

Juventus’ Samuel Iling-Junior scores against Atalanta. [@juventusfcen]

Allegri prefers Kostic and Cambiaso over Iling-Junior

Without any European football to worry about in 2023/24, Allegri has little need or reason to rotate his squad too much, leaving him with plenty of options in some positions.

With only Serie A to worry about, the Juventus coach has brought Filip Kostic back into the starting line-up after the Bianconeri failed to sell the Serbian winger in the summer. When Kostic is not playing as the left wing-back in the 3-5-2 formation, Cambiaso is the next choice in that position, and he has impressed whenever he has had the opportunity to play.

Kostic‘s experience and the quality performances from Cambiaso have resulted in Iling-Junior staying on the bench more often than not.

Juventus failed to offload Iling-Junior in the summer

Throughout the summer, Juventus sold a few players to raise capital and to also reduce the wage bill. The Bianconeri wanted to sell Iling-Junior for €20 million, but they did not receive any offers that matched their request.

Numerous Premier League clubs were interested in signing the 20-year-old, but nobody was willing to pay the fee demanded by La Vecchia Signora. The Italian giants wanted to include the winger in a swap deal with Sassuolo for Domenico Berardi, but the Neroverdi wanted cash only for the Italian winger, and Bologna were only interested in a loan deal without an option to buy.

Iling-Junior’s Juventus contract in the balance

Samuel Iling-Junior celebrates scoring for Juventus against Arsenal. [@juventusfcen]

Although he is contracted to Juventus until 2025, there is little reason for Iling-Junior to sign a contract renewal in this moment in time.

The Bianconeri are worried that his market value will drop if his development as a football does not progress, and if he does not sign a contract extension before the next summer, they risk losing him on a free transfer in the summer of 2025.

If he does not see sufficient playing time before Christmas, the English starlet might consider leaving in January to gain more opportunities.