Having come so close to leaving Juventus in the summer, Paulo Dybala is doing everything he can to prove the Italian giants were wrong to try and move him on. The Argentina international is believed to have rejected a move to Manchester United, with a proposed move to Tottenham falling apart at the last minute due to issues regarding the forward’s player image rights. With no move materialising, though, Dybala has been doing his best to prove his worth in Turin, producing a number of impressive performances since returning to the team.
Having earned a recall to the starting line-up, Dybala scored his first goal of the campaign as Maurizio Sarri’s men beat Inter 2-1 to move to the top of Serie A. The goal will have been a huge relief to Dybala, who had fallen down the pecking order at Juventus following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last year. With Gonzalo Higuain back in favour and Douglas Costa playing well, Dybala may have to be patient this year and take his chances whenever they present themselves – something he has done so far. Mario Mandzukic is expected to leave the club in January, and it remains to be seen whether Juventus will look to bring someone in or whether Dybala will be given more chances.
There was a worry for Dybala that he wouldn’t be included in Juventus’ Champions League squad, but the Argentinean instead left out Emre Can, Mandzukic and Giorgio Chiellini. The next challenge for Dybala was to prove he could be relied upon should Sarri pick him, which the forward now appears to have done. While Juventus might not have started the season as they would have wanted, the club are still as short as 2/5 with the latest football betting odds to win Serie A again this year. While Inter and Napoli look capable of challenging Juve this season, when comparing the squads it’s not hard to see why Juventus are the heavy favourites.
Since his arrival from Palmero back in 2015, Dybala has been a key member of this Juventus team, scoring 79 goals in all competitions from 189 appearances. Having scored 22 league goals in 2017/19, the arrival of Ronaldo last year saw Dybala have to change his role within the team, recording just five goals in the league during a tough campaign. While the forward has always insisted he is happy at Juventus, another season of playing out of position, or not at all, and Dybala may look to push for a move next summer, alerting a number of Premier League clubs along the way.
For this year, though, Dybala will just want to do what he can to earn an extended run in the team to show Sarri that he deserves a regular run in the starting line-up. He might not be able to play as centrally as he would have wanted but there is still a chance for Dybala to prove he is either worth keeping in Turin, ready to replace Ronaldo when the Portuguese eventually moves on, or a big club feel Dybala is the man to lead their line.