Timothy Weah turns heads in pre-season for Juventus: How important could the American prove to be?

Many were quick to point out Timothy Weah's underwhelming attacking statistics when he joined Juventus, but his pre-season performances have shown that he could be a smart signing.

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Timothy Weah is already making an impact at Juventus, producing some impressive performances in pre-season matches against AC Milan and Real Madrid.

The United States international was acquired from Lille for €14 million plus bonuses and he is quickly filling the void left by Colombian veteran Juan Cuadrado.

A former Paris Saint-Germain youth team graduate, the 23-year-old has integrated well into the Bianconeri squad thanks to former PSG players Adrien Rabiot and Moise Kean and USA teammate Weston McKennie.

Weah scored his first goal for Juventus in the 3-1 victory against Real Madrid and the American was satisfied with his contribution as well as the performance of the team.

“I am happy, it was a wonderful victory. We did well on the ball, fought, and worked hard to get this result. We wanted to win and we succeeded, we are happy,” Weah said.

Timothy Weah poses after signing for Juventus. [Juventus Facebook]

How will Allegri use Weah at Juventus?

For many years, Cuadrado was utilised on the right flank, and his position would vary depending on the formation implemented by the coach. Under current Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, Weah will probably be utilised in the same way as the Colombian was, playing as a right wing-back in the 3-5-2 formation.

Although he started his career as a winger, the United States international operated as a full-back at Lille for the majority of the 2022/23 campaign, using his pace and stamina to best effect.

Those qualities left an impression on Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who revealed his admiration for Weah’s work ethic after the friendly against Real Madrid.

“He has an important engine, he runs a lot, and he has lots of energy. I am happy for him,” the Juventus goalkeeper said.

Another Weah can leave his mark on Serie A

Weah is the son of Liberian great and former AC Milan striker George Weah, and the former Lille winger also earned the MVP award after Juventus defeated his father’s former club on penalties in their other pre-season friendly.

The Bianconeri will get a better idea of how decisive the 23-year-old can be once the 2023/24 Serie A season commences, but the American has earned the trust of Allegri early on, and perhaps he can create his own legacy on the right flank for La Vecchia Signora.

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