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Juventus need 'nastiness' from USMNT star McKennie as Allegri addresses absence of mean streak

10:25 pm AEST 4/9/22
Weston McKennie Juventus 2022-23
Juventus are looking for more “nastiness” from Weston McKennie, with Massimiliano Allegri urging the American to be more decisive on the field.
  • Midfielder wasted chance vs Fiorentina
  • Has been a regular for the Bianconeri
  • Coach calling for better decision making

WHAT HAPPENED? United States international McKennie passed up a golden opportunity to put Juve two goals in front against Fiorentina on Saturday, with the 24-year-old midfielder choosing to try and pick out a marked team-mate when presented with a clear sight of the target.

WHAT THEY SAID: Allegri told DAZN afterwards of that decision-making and what he is looking from the USMNT star and the rest of his Juve side: “In the second half, we dropped a few players, but the thing to absolutely improve on is that when you have the chance to go 2-0 up, you have to take it. Those are the key moments that decide seasons and we still don’t have that nastiness.

“You can also miss the shot, but I didn’t see meanness. You have to get used to that again, it’s not all easy. That’s all, then I don’t get angry at the guys for anything. From that moment then came the corner and the equaliser, which changed everything.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: McKennie has started three of Juve’s five fixtures in the Italian top-flight this season, but is yet to make a telling contribution. He has registered 10 goals for the Turin-based outfit in 79 total appearances for the club.

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WHAT NEXT FOR McKENNIE? Transfer talk has raged around the American at various intervals, but he remains with Juve for now – as he counts down to the World Cup finals in Qatar later this year – and is working on a contract through to 2025.