Pol Lirola has been making waves lately in the press as a potential wonderkid who Juventus are lining up to replace current first choice right back Dani Alves in the future. He scored a wonder goal in Sassuolo’s first ever Europa league appearance, where Lirola dribbled past 3 Atletic Bilbao players before calming slotting the ball into the back of the net.
A lot will depend on how well he integrates in the Sassuolo squad this season and if he can gain regular minutes, whether as a squad player or as a regular starter. Though at the minute his rating is currently the general default rating of 75. This means that there is a strong chance he will rise quickly into the low 80’s if he can gain a decent amount of minutes, which he is expected to do.
In terms of the future, after his loan spell at Sassuolo is complete he will most likely head back to Juventus where he will replace wantaway right back Stephan Lichtsteiner who was expected to leave Juventus in the summer. So Lirola will potentially playing understudy to Dani Alves at right back and gradually be eased into the first team in a similar way to Alex Sandro, the Juve left back who played understudy to veteran Patrice Evra, and this season Alex Sandro seems to be considered the first choice having improved his trade in the season behind Evra. Lirola will be hoping his career path follows the same route as Alex Sandro.