With Giorgio Chiellini out for three months with a thigh injury, the top priority for Juventus this transfer window shifted from bringing in a big-name striker to securing the services of a decent defender. Enter Federico Peluso, on loan from Atalanta, with an option to buy at the end of the season.
Peluso, age 28, has been with La Dea since January 2009. He's started the majority of Atalanta's matches this season, and his performances did not go unnoticed by Cesare Prandelli, who called him to the national team for the friendly against England.
While Peluso is certainly a decent defender, expecting him to fill Chiellini's boots may be asking too much. Giorgio is one of the primary reasons Juve have the best defense in Italy, having conceded just 11 goals this season in Serie A. Perhaps more tellingly, his presence allowed the Old Lady to top their group in the Champions League, allowing just four goals in the process.
But Peluso won't be thrown directly into the fire: the Old Lady have matches against Sampdoria, Parma, Udinese, Genoa, and Chievo Verona before things get tough. It'll be February that will truly test the new boy, when the first leg of their Champions League match against Celtic is bracketed by matches against Fiorentina and AS Roma.