This article is part of Football FanCast’s Expert Roundup feature, which provides three quotes from those in the know in order to illuminate fundamental strengths, weaknesses, quirks, stylistic comparisons and general observations of players, transfer targets and confirmed signings.
Paulo Dybala has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks and, as we enter the final week of the transfer window, fans will be intrigued to see if their club can pull off a major coup.
According to a report from Soccer Link at the weekend, Mauricio Pochettino has spoken with Dybala in a bid to convince him to move to north London.
The Argentine forward has been at Juventus since he signed from Palermo in 2015, scoring 78 goals for the Old Lady in the process.
Juve’s forward enjoyed his most prolific campaign in 2017/18, scoring 22 league goals, but his most recent season hasn’t matched that standard.
Tottenham themselves are looking to boost their attacking options having released Fernando Llorente, and with Harry Kane enduring regular ankle injuries, there is certainly need for more depth up front.
But what have those in the know had to say about Dybala?
Sergio Aguero is one of the biggest names in the history of Argentinian football, with his time at Manchester City leaving a profound mark on the Premier League and those supporters who have had the privilege to watch him in the flesh.
In 2017 Wilson compared the two in an in-depth look at the Juventus forward, comparing their attributes and stating that Dybala may well be the player Pep Guardiola wants Aguero to be, which is very, very high praise indeed.
“Dybala is probably not such an instinctive finisher as his compatriot but his range of movement and of attributes is probably greater. In that sense he is the player it looked as if Agüero might become, the player Pep Guardiola would seemingly like Agüero to be, rather than the fairly orthodox (and highly effective) forward Agüero now is.”
Tagliafico, the Ajax left-back, will know a lot about Dybala having shared the pitch with him. He’s even gone as far as to compare the forward with another Argentine, the one and only Lionel Messi.
“Dybala? He is a great player who can give a lot to both the national team and to Juventus with his way of playing as a left-footed player on the right. In Italy, he has grown so much. The fact that he is not a regular player in Juve gives the idea of the level of the team: Paulo is very strong but has beastly competition.
“If he can play with Messi? Yes, but it is also true that the two are very similar: they are left-footed and are used to coming back from the right towards the center, they actually risk stepping on their heels a little.”
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The Messi comparisons haven’t stopped there.
Higuain, who scored against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League in the 2017/18 season along with Paulo Dybala, has also mentioned the Barcelona and footballing legend when comparing the two player in style.
“Dybala and Messi are a lot like each other. Messi is the best and he shows it every day. Paulo is still young, he’s 23 years old and depends on what’s coming in the future, he has all the characteristics to become one of the best players.”