Nobody has made more Serie A assists than Pjanic in the last three years (28) nor equalled his feat of reaching double figures for both goals (12) and assists (12) in the 2015/16 season. The Bosnian also stands out as the only player to have provided 10 or more goals for team-mates in consecutive Italian top-flight campaigns.
The midfielder deservedly arrives in Turin with a reputation as one of the most consistently dangerous playmakers in Europe, a status born not only from an inherent ability of conjuring something from nothing but also from a knack of making the game look remarkably easy.
Such an impression is fruit of the 26-year-old’s unrivalled qualities from dead-ball situations with Carpi, Empoli, Torino, Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus themselves all suffering at the hands of the Bosnian’s ability from free-kicks, but it would be wrong to refer to Pjanic as simply a set-piece specialist. With a feather touch and stunning range of passing, the midfielder has the technique to carve open opposition defences from anywhere in the final third, as demonstrated by May’s superb dinked assist for Stephan El Sharaawy against Milan in the final fixture of the season.
Pjanic also boasts fine dribbling skills, which initially caught the eye when the youngster made his first steps into professional football with French side Metz, with whom he made his debut as a 17-year-old in 2007 having joined the club as a junior from Luxembourg outfit Schifflange.
The midfielder’s fearless performances saw him become at the time the youngest ever Bosnian to receive an international call-up in a friendly – against Bulgaria in August 2008. An impressive maiden Ligue 1 campaign would see Pjanic snapped up by Lyon and it was there that his rich promise was given the platform on which to flourish.
The playmaker impressed especially in Europe as he played an integral part in the club’s run to the Champions League semi-finals in the 2009/10 season, scoring five times in the competition including a crucial equaliser against Real Madrid in the last 16.