Defensive dirty work, tough tackles, timely interceptions and not to mention classy finishes, Mario Lemina has shown that he can do the lot in a promising season in the black and white of Juventus.
It would have come as little surprise then that the Bianconeri swooped to secure the long-term services of the Gabonese enforcer on a four-year deal last week to hand Lemina just reward for an impressive campaign.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia today, the faith shown by the club to make his loan transfer from Marseille permanent essentially confirmed what was already an open secret: Mario and Juve are a rather good fit.
“I had a few injury problems at the start of the campaign and it is thanks to Juve that I overcame them,” he began. “I’m very happy with how the season has gone and for the support I have received from my team-mates.”
And, after presenting himself to his new public as one capable of filling in anywhere across the midfield back in September, Lemina has succeeded in backing up his confident early season introduction with a string of strong showings in a variety of roles in the Bianconeri’s title run-in.