Dybala Woes

Paulo Dybala is in his sixth season at Juventus and if he were to leave in the summer, his time at the club would be considered a resounding success. The Argentine has won five championships, three Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italiana during his time in Turin and he is well thought of by his teammates. If Giorgio Chiellini or Leonardo Bonucci are unavailable, Dybala is next in line to wear the captain’s armband but his future is now up in the air.

Following his appointment as Maurizio Sarri’s successor, Andrea Pirlo made no secret of his desire to bring in a big target man to act as a foil for Cristiano Ronaldo, much in the same vein as Karim Benzema. Edin Dzeko, Arek Milik and Fernando Llorente were all linked before Alvaro Morata returned from Atletico Madrid for a 24-month loan.

The Spaniard struggled under Diego Simeone and in England at Chelsea, but has never let the Bianconeri down and has probably surpassed Pirlo’s expectations this term. By the beginning of December, Morata had contributed nine goals and four assists from his first 12 appearances since re-joining Juventus and is playing his best ever football.

The 28-year-old is idolised by the natives and his stellar form has resulted in Dybala starting most games from the substitute bench. La Joya’s ability is not in doubt, but in Pirlo’s chosen system, there is no role for him and there have been signs of frustration when pictured on the sidelines. His injury troubles this season haven’t helped either.

The former Palermo ace was the subject of strong interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur last year and has reportedly been offered to both outfits, along with Arsenal and Chelsea, and the diminutive attacker is likely to evaluate any serious bids at the end of the current campaign.

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