Joking aside, would the majority of Spurs fans want Dybala in North London? Of course they would (There may be a few Spurs fans, including myself who still have a sour taste in our mouths after his second leg performance against us a couple of years back). I’m sure a lot of neutrals would love to see him grace the Premier League.
But, let’s ignore the financial side of whether clubs can afford the fee, let’s side step the question over whether Dybala would genuinely welcome the move. What would Paulo Dybala bring to the Premier League?
Dybala has been known as one of the top prospects in World Football for a while now. He’s now 25 years old, and suffice to say he has lived up to a lot of his expectations and up until two seasons ago was absolutely flourishing. So what changed?
Unfortunately for Dybala, the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has changed the way the Argentinian affects the game. Looking back to his Palermo days, he was always the focal point. Dybala was the player everyone wanted to get the ball to. See his previous league stats below.
- 14/15 (Palermo) – Goals 13, Assists 8
- 15/16 (Juventus) – Goals 19, Assists 9
- 16/17 (Juventus) – Goals 11, Assists 7
- 17/18 (Juventus) – Goals 22, Assists 5
- 18/19 (Juventus) – Goals 5, Assists 4
Those stats alone could appear quite alarming. Coupled with the fact the down turn in goal assist returns coincided with Ronaldo’s arrival, it seems the two are linked. Juventus had a new focal point, a bigger presence, and to be fair one of the best players in the world. It’s unfortunate for Dybala but it hasn’t exactly made the club weaker.
So does a move make sense for Dybala? Yes and no. On one side of the spectrum, a move to team that doesn’t have a player that commands the ball the way that Ronaldo does would mean Dybala would see more of the ball. Last season, Juventus turned into a team that would win when Ronaldo had a good game, and struggle when he didn’t. They turned into a team that struggled to play when he wasn’t in the team (just check out their run in form at the end of the season, not happy reading).
But leaving Juventus would mean leaving the tutelage of one of the worlds best players. But it could be the step he needs to take. He’s 25 years old, and he desperately needs to get back into the role where he was so prolific prior to Ronaldo. If by some miracle, the Spurs move materialised, would he fit in?
Yes he would, possibly at a detrimental affect to Dele Alli as his direct competition for that support role behind the striker. I won’t run through everything that Dybala brings with him, I’m sure most reading have seen him play before. He has agility, an eye for a pass, very decent at set pieces, an eye for goal, loves a dribble among other things and would be an absolute gem for any top team.
For me personally, as much as I’d love to see it, I can’t see the move happening. It could possibly be a ploy to try and get Betis to stop dragging their feet in negotiations for Lo Celso. But for me, Dybala gets to play week in week out with Ronaldo, and with Messi on international duty. That would improve anyone.
But hey, Spurs fans can dream can’t we?