Di Canio Questions McKennie's Role in Juventus' Title
Former Juventus Star Expresses Concerns Over McKennie's Contribution to Serie A Title Aspirations
Former Juventus star Paolo Di Canio has issued a cautionary message to the club, expressing doubts about Weston McKennie's suitability for a Serie A title-contending team. McKennie, the American midfielder, returned to Turin after a loan spell at Leeds during the latter half of the previous season, which saw him experience relegation from the Premier League and make minimal impact in English football.
Upon his return, McKennie was integrated back into the Juventus squad by manager Massimiliano Allegri and received substantial playing time, primarily due to Paul Pogba's absence. However, his performance in a disappointing 4-2 loss to Sassuolo raised questions about his contribution to the team.
Di Canio, who had a three-year stint with Juventus in the early 1990s, shared his thoughts on Sky Sport Italia, stating, "McKennie was loaned to Leeds and contributed to their relegation. Can he be a regular starter in a championship-winning team? I don't want to undermine the player's abilities, but there are certain standards to consider. In that position, you had the likes of (Federico) Gatti, (Fabio) Miretti, and McKennie. How many top teams would these three players feature in? Not just those aiming for the championship. Are they the starting XI players needed to secure a championship?"
Di Canio's remarks cast doubt on McKennie's potential impact within the Juventus squad as they pursue Serie A glory.
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