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Author: Mattia Fontana

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Juventus, fresh from winning its fifth consecutive championship shield, is making plans for next season.

And for the midfield sights have inevitably been set on André Gomes, a Portuguese player born in 1993 who came up through the ranks in Boavista and then moved to Benfica in 2011 for just 50k euros.

After three seasons with Lisbon, in the summer of 2014 he transferred to Valencia where he has played in 74 matches so far, scoring a combined total of 7 goals in the various cups. With an excellent physical build (188 cm at 84 kg), he is a modern midfielder, destined to become one of the best in the position in Europe.

But where could he be placed in Massimiliano Allegri’s three-man line-up, a tried and true formation thanks to players such as Khedira, Marchisio and Pogba?
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André Gomes plays primarily on the centre-left, but he can also be adapted as an offensive midfielder and centre halfback. His all-around playing skills are surprising, divvied up equally between build-up, finishing andhe defensive phase.
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His teammates often seek out André Gomes between the lines. Both in the final 25 metres to complete triangles used to finalise the manoeuvre on the wings and the midfield. And on his own half of the pitch, following up the goalkeeper’s return. It is a playing style that supports developing the game play reminiscent of Pogba’s style with Juventus.
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Valencia risks coming under counter-attack by Villarreal, but André Gomes leaves the midfield to sprint quickly toward his own goal and block the deep pass to the opposing forward.

It is a defensive manoeuvre that saves his team and is reminiscent of the shielding move that Marchisio often applies in front of the rear guard.
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André Gomes’ true secret is his completeness. In the play in question, he is the first to mark a man after Valencia lost possession of the ball. He shuts down the opposing team’s initiative and then facilitates Valencia’s counter-attack.
Conclusions:
André Gomes has everything it takes to do well in the Juventus midfield because he can represent yet another fresh new element in the bianconero ranks.

His passing statistics are similar to Pogba’s (in the last championship season: 50 passes per match on average for Pogba, 48.3 for Gomes; 3.2 long balls per match for the former, 3.1 for the latter; 38.4 short balls for the Frenchman, 36.1 for the Portuguese), but Allegri also has everything he needs to be able to set him up as a replacement for Marchisio based on his excellent defensive performance.
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Mattia Fontana
Mattia Fontana, Eurosport Italia editor.
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