Miralem Pjanic could 'become one of the best in the world' at Juve - Allegri

Miralem Pjanic has the ability to be the best deep-lying playmaker in the world, according to Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

The Bianconeri played out a 2-2 friendly draw with Espanyol on Saturday, with Allegri trying out his players in a number of new positions -- including the Bosnia and Herzegovina international, who signed from Roma in June.

Like Hernanes -- who joined Juventus the previous summer -- Allegri plans to use Pjanic in a deeper, Andrea Pirlo-like role than he played at Roma.

"[Pjanic] seems like Hernanes, who last year had never played in front of the defence and now looks like a totally different player," Allegri told Sky Sports Italia after the match.

"I think Pjanic will become one of the best in the world in that position."

Juventus' other notable signing this summer, Gonzalo Higuain, also started the match for the Old Lady.

The former Napoli man looked a bit off the pace, but Allegri wasn't too concerned -- preferring to focus on how he could fit Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic in the same line-up.

"[Higuain] and those who started preseason training later will need a while to get to the same level," Allegri said.

"I don't know if Dybala as a trequartista behind Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain is a good idea, but it's certainly an idea.

"These players have the characteristics to do it, though clearly everyone must be willing to work hard.

"On Saturday the real season begins against Fiorentina, so we must ensure that we are ready."

Juventus, who sold Paul Pogba back to Manchester United last week for a record €105 million fee, are said to still be in the market for another midfielder, with Christian Eriksen mooted as a possible target.

Allegri, however, would not be drawn on any speculation.

"The important thing is that the two players [Higuain and Pjanic] are talented, technically gifted and have the character to play for Juventus," Allegri said.

"The market closes on Aug. 31 and the club has done very well so far.

"We don't need a new striker, as there would be no point signing someone inferior to the level we already have."