The returning Bianconeri boss wants to see the talented young midfielder make a bigger contribution in the final third in 2021-22
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has challenged US star Weston McKennie to score ’10 goals this season ‘.
Allegri controlled his first game since returning to Allianz Stadium on Saturday when the Bianconeri launched their latest pre-season campaign.
A youthful Juve team scored a 3-1 victory over Cesena in Serie C, and McKennie probably scored the goal of the match with a sublime solo effort just after half-time.
What was said?
Allegri was clearly under the impression of the strike, but instead of shouting praise off the touchline, he set the USMNT midfield a goal for 2021-22 when he pulled away.
“You have to score ten goals this season!” the Juve boss was heard saying to McKennie.
How did McKennie fare for Juve last quarter?
McKennie joined Juve from Schalke last summer on an initial loan, and the deal was finally made permanent in March for € 19 million (£ 16 million / $ 22 million).
The 22-year-old, who has signed a four-year contract at Allianz Stadium, finished his first season in Turin with six goals and three assistants to his name from 46 outings in all competitions.
He also won his first two major titles in the form of the Coppa Italia and Suppercoppa Italiana, but was powerless to prevent Juve from handing over their Serie A crown to Inter after a nine-year winning streak.
The bigger picture
McKennie played prominently as a group player under Andrea Pirlo last quarter, but started just 18 Serie A games in total.
He will hope to play a role in the early XI with Allegri now in charge, as Juve have tried to regain their place at the top of Italian football and to fight for success in the Champions League.
McKennie will have to face the last challenge of his new driver straight to do so, but the competition for places in the middle of the park is likely to be fierce again.