First up, as a co-founder of Juventiknows, what can you tell us about the strengths of new signing, Giaccherini?
Aaron Giambattista: Giaccherini is a man who will always give everything for his team. He's a passionate player, who despite not having a big reputation before arriving at Juventus, quickly won over the fans. It's that tenacity that's led him to the top of world football, at age 22 he was in the Italian 4th division and a bad injury nearly led him to quit football and become a factory worker. 2 years later he was playing in Serie A for the first time, and won a transfer to Juventus just a year later. He's a decent dribbler with incredible endurance and a lot of versatility- he can play pretty much anywhere on the pitch except as a center-back. Giaccherini played as a striker/winger for his former club Cesena, a center midfielder for Juventus, but made his international debut as a wingback against Spain. From the 4th division to his first international call up, all in 2 years.
And are there any weaknesses to his game?
AG: Giac likes to see a lot of the ball, but he can be wasteful, especially on counter-attacks. He occasionally overdribbles and doesn't have a very good shot from outside of the box. Solid finisher once inside the 18', however.
I've seen some mixed reactions on Twitter from various Italian supporters to the reported fee. Is he worth the money, or like Alan Smith when he left Manchester United for Newcastle, did his international caps do Conte a favour and bump his price somewhat before the move?