Arturo Vidal is not Juventus‘ most famous player, but he surely is one of the most talented. The Chilean midfielder is entering his third season in Turin and his influence on the field has kept growing since he joined Juventus from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.
When he joined Juventus in 2011,Vidal was far from being guaranteed a starting spot. Juventus had just signed Andrea Pirlo and already had Claudio Marchisio which left many wondering where Vidal was going to play in Antonio Conte‘s 4-4-2, but the former Bayer Leverkusen player was so brilliant that his manager had no other choice than to readjust tactically and field Pirlo, Marchisio and him at the same time in a 3-5-2. That 3-5-2 has been Juventus’ trademark for the last three seasons.
Vidal played an important role in Juventus’ two Serie A titles in 2012 and 2013, scoring seven goals in his first season and 10 in his second. He forms with Pirlo and Marchisio, the best midfield trio in Italy. Juventus understand how important the Chilean midfielder is to their team and have started negotiations to extend Vidal’s contract despite interests from many European clubs.
This season, Vidal has already recorded three goals and three assists in seven league games, making him the club’s top scorer with Carlos Tevez and best passer. His performances since joining Juventus from Bayer Leverkusen have made him one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world. His energy, passing ability and eye for goal make him irreplaceable for Juventus.
Vidal hasn’t stopped improving since he joined Juventus in 2011. The Chilean midfielder has made himself Juventus’ most important player in less than three seasons. At 26 years old, the best years of his career are still to come and there is no doubt that Vidal will keep leading Juventus to more titles and finally get the recognition he deserves.