With Carlos Tevez long gone, it is now another Argentine who is giving Juventus fans something to celebrate with his match-winning displays.
It’s often been said that two months in football is an eternity. In many ways, this is true as so much can change within the blink of an eye. Take Juventus for instance. Just sixty days ago, the bianconeri were somewhere in mid-table, Paulo Dybala was a flop that Juventus should have never spent 32 million euros on, and the end of the world was near. Well, only for Juventus fans. Today, the former Palermo man is the catalyst of a resurgent Juventus side and has put in performances that some fans are even likening to Alessandro Del Piero and the aforementioned Tevez. While it may be a bit premature to brandish such labels on a young player like Dybala, the forward looks more than ready to enter the next stage in his career and emerge as a major player in the footballing world.
— Riccardo Bianchini (@BianchiniR8) December 4, 2015
When Juventus were struggling at the beginning of the season many cited a lack of leadership as the main reason.Since then, Claudio Marchisio has assumed the reigns in the midfield while Dybala has emerged as the beat of the Italian champions’ attack. Massimiliano Allegri’s team have now won five games on the trot and have qualified comfortably for the round of sixteen in the Champions League. A large part of their success can also be attributed to Dybala’s rise and expanding role. Quite frankly, everything now goes through him in the final third. The young Argentine has since thrived in this role and has helped his team march up the Serie A table at will.
As of right now, Dybala has contributed 45% of Juventus’ goals with seven goals and three assists. When looking back at the criticism Allegri faced integrating him into the team earlier on, it’s hard not to laugh. Palermo’s eccentric president Maurizio Zamparini accused Allegri and Juventus of “ruining” Dybala and wasting his talent. And he wasn’t the only one. In almost every of Allegri’s press conferences journalists would bombard the former Milan boss with questions over the use of the forward. Again, let me repeat that two months in football is a long, long time. Looking back on it, it’s safe to say that Allegri has silenced many people regarding Dybala.
DYBALA TAKE A BOW. WHAT A GOAL pic.twitter.com/POGvxT6zJe
— Moe (@__JuventusFC__) December 4, 2015
Dybala’s performances have not gone completely unnoticed. Since signing with the Italian champions, the 22-year-old has established himself as a regular for the Argentine national team and has been linked to a move to Barcelona. According to Mundo Deportivo, (caution: take with a grain of salt) the Catalan giants are willing to spend 60 million euros to bring the player to Spain. Given his talent, this doesn’t necessarily strike me as surprising. Right now, it has to be said, that Dybala is in the perfect place at the perfect time of his career as it’s difficult to imagine another big club offering the role that Juventus have. As a result of this, I can definitely see the former Palermo man staying with the Turin-based club for the foreseeable future and make a name for himself.
In that same interview that Zamparini said that Juventus were ruining the striker, he also dubbed Dybala as the “new Messi.” Okay let’s be honest here, that’s a bit of a stretch. By now we’re all well aware that Messi is a one of a kind talent. But how far from the truth is that statement? While it would be rather lazy to compare him to la pulga, I will go as far as saying that he might just be Juve’s “new Del Piero.” In the future, who knows, maybe a star outside the Juventus Stadium awaits la joya.