A few days ago, speculation concerning the former Toon academy prospect, James Troisi, came to the fore.
The Australian, who was part of the Newcastle United youth team from 2006 to 2008, is set to sign for Italian heavyweights Juventus over the coming days.
Under the terms of the Italian deal, due to be officially confirmed imminently, the 23-year-old will sign for the Serie A champions, who will in turn loan him out to promoted Pescara for the first year of his contract.
The Left attacking midfielder has been playing in Turkey since 2008, first for Gençlerbirliği, who he signed for after being released by the Toon, and then for Kayserispor.
And since signing for Kayserispor in 2009, he has featured in 64 matches, scoring 10 goals in the process. His ability has not gone unnoticed by the Australian national team either, and he has represented the Socceroos 9 times, scoring one goal.
Troisi has undoubtedly impressed both fans and scouts alike in Turkey, having attracted vast attention from several big name clubs. While the Italian champions have been intrigued by his ability, he has also received attention from Qatari club, El Jaish SC, who are captained by former Toon Target Karim Ziani.
Troisi’s father Alby, who doubles as his advisor and agent, has been working with London-based agent Frank Trimboli to secure the future of the player who quit Turkish Superliga team Kayserispor in May after a protracted dispute over unpaid wages.
Last week, Troisi rejected a mega offer from Qatari club El Jaish in favour of a less lucrative but more challenging quest to test himself against the best in Europe.
“Talks with Juventus are ongoing and it looks like a deal will hopefully be done which sees him join the club and then go out to Pescara, which has just been promoted from Serie B, on a season-long loan,” Alby Troisi said.
“The plan then is for him to come back to Juventus in year two. That’s where we’re at right now. It’s not totally secured yet but hopefully everything will be resolved by next week.”
Although the former Newcastle United player failed to leave an impression at SJP, there is no doubt that he is a decent player, and it looks like the club may have missed out on a gem.
But, we hope him the best for the future and it’s good to see a modern player who isn’t wholly concerned about money, having rejected a ‘lucrative’ offer from the wealthy Qatar club, El Jaish – a move which has had increasing appeal in recent years.