In acquiring Mattia Perin, Juventus have a goalkeeper with the right qualities to succeed Buffon

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His talents combined with his personal qualities makes Perin the long-term solution to Buffon's departure

Juventus’ shrewd transfer policy was at work again as the Italian champions announced the signing of Genoa’s Mattia Perin for a fee of €12m over a three year period. The deal in itself is a real coup as the Bianconeri has acquired the services of not only one of Italy but also the game’s brightest goalkeepers.  As Gianluigi Buffon moves on to seek greener pastures, it is without a doubt that Perin’s presence is all the more important because he represents the future.

Traditionally goalkeepers who stand in goal for the Turin giants usually go on to become Italy’s number one and with Perin that tradition looks set to continue.  Anybody who watches the 25-year-old knows he is an outstanding custodian. His excellent positioning and footwork is vastly superior when compared to another Italian goalkeeping talent; Gianluigi Donnarumma. But those goalkeeping skills are even more crucial as when compared to Donnarumma, he is much shorter. Furthermore, the former Genoa man has quick reflexes and his agility has more often than not saved his former team on more than one occasion.

However there are certain aspects of his game which needs fine tuning. The Latina native has a tendency to rush off his line in an attempt to thwart strikers. At times it works but more experienced forwards know how to counter this well culminating in undesired consequences for his team. Moving forward Perin will need to counter this but given his age and mental strength, it won’t be a problem.  Indeed mental strength is something Perin has in abundance especially after he recovered from two torn ACLs to resume his playing career. Many have been anointed as the successor to Buffon over the years but ultimately the pressure prove to be too great for some but with Perin one senses that he has the mental fortitude to fill in the boots of one of the game’s greatest.

Perin’s journey to one of Europe’s prestigious clubs has been somewhat modest when compared to Buffon or Donnarumma. His rise hasn’t been meteoric but gradual and at times he has flown under the radar turning out for smaller clubs such as Pescara and Padova. He mentioned he comes to Turin with humility and is looking to learn; underlined by him accepting a backup role to Wojciech Szczesny.  However do not mistake his humility for weakness for that has been and will be his strength which will continue to accompany him, in his rise to the very top.