Not resting on their laurels and looking to make a run in Europa League and Serie A next season, Fiorentina have agreed to a deal to bring in Spanish international Joaquin over from Malaga.
The soon to be 32 year old player will add depth to a Fiorentina team that were the darlings of Italian soccer during the 2012-13 season as the attacking style of play under coach Vicenzo Montella attracted many admirers and praise of their play and execution.
Aside from adding another quality player to the squad, what Joaquin will bring into Montella’s side is a player who plays on the right wing of the midfield, has pace, is a good crosser of the ball from the wing position, and is a good dribbler of the ball. In Montella’s preferred 3-4-3 formation, having a player on the wing who can cross the ball as well as Joaquin does will mean quality service for the three forwards playing up front.
For Joaquin, although he will now be playing with a team that either plays a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formation, he will be making the switch into a team that emphasizes and will use his skills in the same way that he was used with Manuel Pellegrini in his time at Malaga that allowed him to excel.
Joaquin’s dribbling ability, ability to maintain possession, his speed, and quality passing service will be used in the same way at Fiorentina. Therefore, the move represents a switch to a team that tactically is very similar to the one he just played under at Malaga.
As for Fiorentina, the acquisition of Joaquin represents the latest of quality signings that the club have had over the last year with the appointments of Montella as coach and sporting director Daniele Prade last summer. Fiorentina have seen a transformation that now went from potentially being relegated to almost playing Champions League for the 2013-14 season.
For Montella, the addition of Joaquin gives him the opportunity to be able to rotate his squad between league play and Europa League play and do so without losing quality in team play. Additionally, it gives Fiorentina a realistic chance of being able to effectively compete in both league and Europa League play.