Patrik Schick

All You Need To Know About Juventus New Striker, Patrik Schick

Juventus has completed the signing of Patrik Schick from Sampdoria. The young striker had played just one season in Italy prior to signing for the Old Lady. What else is there to know about Juve’s new centre-forward? We take a look.

In June 2015, when Juventus completed the signing of then 22-year-old Paulo Dybala, that transfer almost went under the radar. Fast forward to a couple of years from that date and Juve would say no to €100 million for the same player.

Once again, the Old Lady has recruited another Under-23 player who is coming in without much buzz. This time, the man in question is Patrik Schick. With Juventus’ star striker, Gonzalo Higuain almost thirty, the signing of Patrik Schick makes sense in more ways than one for the 2017 Champions League finalist.

Let’s peel the layers of the onion and see what’s to know about Patrik Schick.

He's dubbed “The new Zlatan Ibrahimović”

Perhaps considering his towering frame, robust skills, and skill, Juventus vice president, Pavel Nedved excitedly dubbed him the new Zlatan Ibrahimović. For Nedved, no one reminds him of the former Bianconerri striker as much as Schick.

“He reminds me of Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he was like that when he came to Juve. He didn’t have the muscles either.”

“Then Zlatan gained muscles and turned into a world-class striker. Schick is also this type of striker – great feet, tall and fast.”

There’s still a long way for Schick to go if he hopes to match the feats of Zlatan Ibrahimović; although, the lanky Czech certainly looks the part and in the words of Nedved “just needs to gain muscles”.

He’s got better shooting stats than Gonzalo Higuain

With Sampdoria, Schick suffered the same fate Alvaro Morata endured with Real Madrid last season – scoring goals when called upon but still struggling to break into the starting xi. This meant that the 21-year-old only managed fourteen starts of the 32 Serie A games he played last season – he returned 11 goals.

Schick will be Gonzalo Higuain’s understudy next season, but the young Czech striker tabled better shooting and shot conversion stats than the man expected to keep him on the bench next season – Higuain did score more, perhaps because he played more.

Last season, both Higuain and Schick contributed three assists each in Serie A, however, the six-foot tall striker had a shot accuracy of 60% as opposed to Higuain’s 59.8%. The youngster's (31.4%) also tops Higuain (22.4%) in terms of converted shots.

Without much argument, Schick is faster and more skillful than Higuain and if the Argentine doesn’t sit up, his hefty price tag won’t save him from being benched by a 20-something-year-old.

Patrik Schick is a FIFA 17 addict

Yes, just like Hector Bellerin, Schick can’t get enough of the FIFA 17 game. When not training or sleeping, you’ll likely find the young attacker glued to his PS4, playing FIFA.

The former Sampdoria man who idolizes Cristiano Ronaldo, says he loves the game but doesn’t pick himself when he plays it; why? "I'm too mediocre in the game!" says Schick. Hopefully, that would change following his new status.

He’s got Serie A experience

Traveling thousands of miles to play football in a foreign land usually proves the bane of foreign players who can’t adapt quick enough. Schick complained about the difficulty he had acclimatizing to life in Italy following his transfer from Sparta Prague – the language, the pace, and intensity of the game all took him aback. Nevertheless, he has since settled in nicely and now has an Italian swagger about him.

Has represented his country at every level

The youngster is a true international. He made his senior international debut for the Czech Republic against Malta last year; coming from the bench to score and give an assist. That appearance meant he has now played for his country at every level. Perhaps he can one day topple Peter Cech and become the Czech Republic most capped player.

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