Danilo has quality, but rarely got to prove it in an mixed spell at Real Madrid. A move to Juventus for the Brazilian fullback would be a football fix
Juventus are in the hunt for a new right-back, after Dani Alves’ departure from the club. Danilo, who arrived to Real Madrid with high expectations in the summer of 2015 but has failed to live-up to his $33 million transfer fee is one of the names being mentioned as the former Barcelona star’s successor in Turin.
The reigning champions of Italy have proven to be one of the most ideal environments for out-of-form players to regain their best football. Dani Alves, Sami Khedira, Juan Cuadrado, and Mario Mandzukic, to name a few, have all attained their supreme level after signing with Juventus. The Italian side has been dominating the league for the past few years, which allowed Massimiliano Allegri to make rotations and give playing time for everyone looking to establish themselves.
Danilo Luiz showed encouraging signs and high potential back in his Porto days, where he was the team’s vice-captain, guiding them to two successive Portuguese league titles in 2012 and 2013, as well as leading the team to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2015, with some high-quality performances.
However, despite winning two Champions League titles in addition to the Spanish Liga and the FIFA club World Cup, Danilo has never really convinced at Real Madrid. The main option at the right-back position has always been Spain international Dani Carvajal, who is arguably the best in the world at his position. By comparison, it was easy to sense the gap being left whenever Carvajal was missing – his absence was always felt, and the Brazilian was never able to fill the gap.
The 25-year old can still count on age to be by his side to turn his career around. Besides his success at Porto, Danilo always set high expectations back in his days in the South American continent, where he plied his trade at Paulista giants Santos – teaming up with Seleção star Neymar, to guide the club to Copa Libertadores in 2011.
Afterwards, the versatile fullback joined Brazil U-20 on his way to be crowned world champion in Colombia, after beating Portugal 3-2 in the final. To reinforce the point, a player who has succeeded pretty much everywhere he has been, should not be condemned after his first failure. Many greats were not able to live-up to the pressure of playing at the Santiago Bernabéu, for arguably the biggest club in Europe, where the pressure is higher than anywhere else.
The possibility that Danilo can bounce back from his dark spell in Madrid, is why his move to a club with the patience and organization of Juventus would make sense. The champions of Italy believe in the player’s football qualities, as well as their own ability as a club, to get the best out of a full-back who was once regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the Portuguese league.
For in the end, his former Porto teammate Alex Sandro has adapted well to his transfer to Turin and has already cemented his place as the best left-back in Italy. So, why not roll the dice and sign Danilo for a reasonable price?