SoccerAnchor’s Dewa Nugraha takes a look at Eljero Elia's return to Bundesliga with Werder Bremen after his unsuccessful spell at Juventus.
FROM: JUVENTUS TO: WERDER BREMEN
Experiencing a very disappointing season in Serie A with Juventus, Eljero Elia decided that it' was better for him to head back and play in Bundesliga again as Werder Bremen could easily give him the playing time he needs.
Arriving in Turin from Hamburg on the summer of 2011, many things were expected from Elia at Juventus as he was showing lots of promise, which made him one of the most interesting commodities in the market that summer. Being brought in a €8.5million deal, the Dutch winger failed to impress the Bianconeri coach, Antonio Conte, who didn't seem to have any trust at all for the 25-year-old player.
Despite being touted as one of the promising signing for Juventus that summer, in the end, Elia only managed to play four games, making him lose his spot in the Dutch national team's Euro 2012 squad. This summer, the former FC Twente man decides to end his Serie A journey and accept Bremen's offer, hoping that his return to Bundesliga would be the best way in re-launching his previous reputation of being one of the Oranje's future talents.
Arriving at Bremen after the departure of Marko Marin could very well be the best moment for Elia as he could fill the spot left by the new Chelsea man. Having already tasted the Bundesliga before should make his adaptation much more easier, added with the motivation in proving his qualities again after such a terrible season in Turin, the 25-year-old might turn into an important signing for Thomas Schaaf's side.
Before experiencing his nightmare season in Italy, Elia was actually being strongly considered as one of the most exciting young talent from Holland, especially after his excellent performance with FC Twente, which earned him the best Dutch young player in 2009. Starting his career at ADO Den Haag, it was with Twente where the winger earn his reputation and started to attract attention from other European clubs.
After a successful two season with Twente, Elia eventually joined Hamburg and despite having a difficult start, he eventually did more than enough to earn a place in Holland's 2010 World Cup squad. Although the winger wasn't earning a starting role in South Africa, but some of his performances still attracted many suitors with Juventus being the one acquiring his service in the summer of 2011.
Being expected to be one of Conte's wide attacking players, apparently the Dutchman's inability to grasp the tactician's playing style put Elia into a miserable year. However, that disappointment looks to be long gone this summer as Bremen seems a perfect fit for the 25-year-old, especially since Schaaf is ready to set up a new formation that will maximize the ex-Hamburg's potential.
After mostly playing with a diamond midfield setup last season, Bremen are working on a wing-based setup next season as they are still trying out which of 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation will suit them best. This situation will benefit Elia a lot as his offensive characteristics can eventually be channeled out with the Green-Whites' new style, unlike when his force to do more defensive work in Turin.