Aaron Ramsey’s stop-start career at Juventus is beginning to become a source of frustration for the club and its supporters.
But, with just three starts across all competitions so far this season, Ramsey is just an added cost to the income statement and has not yet proved the value the Old Lady had hoped for.
Aaron Ramsey has found it difficult to adapt to demands and methods of training in Italy
The Wales international (far right) is yet to complete 90 minutes and has been seen as fragile
Returning from international duty healthy, Ramsey (left) was all smiles with Cristiano Ronaldo
Ramsey, despite appearing all smiles alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in training this week, is experiencing a special situation.
Juventus signed him for a multitude of reasons: to seek the benefits of his presence on the field and the costs of his deal – given no transfer fee was involved.
But the absence in decisive games, such as the 2-2 draw away to Atletico Madrid inn the Champions League and the Derby D’Italia away to Inter Milan, weigh.
The onus is now on Ramsey to prove he can stay fit and become a mainstay in their midfield
Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is willing to give Ramsey time to work his way back to fitness
Juventus have, so far, not been satisfied with their summer investment.
Since his injury as an Arsenal player away to Napoli in April in the Europa League, Ramsey has played just a handful of games.
The Caerphilly-born midfielder is muscular yet fragile and at the age of 30, he finds rapid physical recovery difficult to achieve. Then there is a secondary layer to his struggles. It seems to those at the club that Ramsey has not understood the correct rhythm and demands of Italian style training.
AARON RAMSEY 2019-20 JUVENTUS STATS
Juventus return to action in Serie A against Bologna at the Allianz Stadium this weekend – but many expect Ramsey to miss out.
Maurizio Sarri intends to train the player calmly, not wanting to rush his recovery.
But with every game he does not start, Juventus fans’ frustration builds with many afraid that Ramsey may have a career tormented by injuries like Claudio Marchisio. This is not a rash judgement, it is one that has formed among supporters in recent weeks.
Despite having muscle fatigue, Ramsey was summoned by Wales boss Ryan Giggs for the recent double header against Slovakia and Croatia – a move Juventus did not approve of.
They would have much preferred to hold on to Ramsey over the international break and treat the player in Turin at the club’s Continassa training ground.
Ramsey worked away from the main group and did not feature in either Euro 2020 qualifier for Wales, responding positively to his separate training plan before arriving back in Italy.
His call-up by Wales was contentious but he did work separate to the main first-team group
Juventus fans are wary he will be ravaged like injury just as Claudio Marchisio (right) was
With Adrien Rabiot in an identity crisis, Emre Can seemingly in limbo, it will be up to Sami Khedira, 32, and Blaise Matuidi, 32, to work overtime. With Ramsey yet to establish himself in the side, 22-year-old Rodrigo Bentancur could benefit from some chance of playing in the starting 11.
Sarri is hopeful to get Ramsey back for the first Champions League match at home against Lokomotiv Moscow on October 22.
Juventus are willing to wait for the Welshman, but he must adapt to demands in Italy and prove he is not a player who is now too fragile to compete at the top level for a big club.