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Paulo Dybala has quickly gone from zero to hero over in Turin.
The player’s future was much discussed in the summer and the Argentine was reportedly close to actually leaving the club amidst interest from the likes of Manchester United, as was actually confirmed by his agent, per Tuttosport (via Football Italia).
But with recent developments, he might now be shaping up to become their saviour in their time of need.
Or at least that’s the narrative that we can see developing as of late.
The 25-year-old’s late winner against AC Milan just further solidified that statement and of course, without any real surprise, shortly after that we started seeing talks of a possible contract renewal for the Argentine jewel.
But apart from stating the obvious and highlighting Juventus’ willingness to change their tune about their gem, Corriere Dello Sport (via Calciomercato) also suggest Dybala might offer some resistance to that potential renewal.
And it’s quite easy to see why.
After all, Juventus were reportedly ready to offload the 5 foot 10 man to the Premier League just a couple of months ago and despite emerging to the scene in recent weeks, Dybala hasn’t really been the first name on Maurizio Sarri’s teamsheet.
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But despite tallying just 717 minutes in a total of 14 games across all competitions, the Argentine still managed to bag five goals and assist further three under his belt in the process.
The quality is certainly there for everyone to see and in hindsight, Sarri’s team should be glad any potential move abroad failed to materialise.
Now, leaving Turin could actually turn into a step backwards in his career, which should also come as a huge relief to the Bianconeri.
Juventus are a team with great history of dominance in Italy and even though they are yet to taste victory in Europe, Sarri is still fresh at the helm and the sporting project looks promising, to say the least.
Currently, Dybala doesn’t seem to be confident in his role in the squad but with clear signs that Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be an untouchable figure, considering the Portuguese superstar has been subbed off in the last two games, we just might see the Argentine get a nod far more often than he used to.
Making a big change right now could unbalance things and would give him no guarantee of success.
Being patient at a team he knows inside out and in a league he’s familiar with seems like a better choice at the moment.
The times are changing and the tables could turn pretty soon.
Ronaldo, for all his brilliance, cannot go on forever and with the love and respect of the fans giving wind to his sails, Dybala is bound to succeed at Juventus.
But only if he can weather this transitional period and stay put until his chance arrives.
It is coming, however, and sooner rather than later it will knock on his door.
Once that happens, he will be the one to lead the Italian giants. All he needs is a little bit of patience.
And Juventus? They can only look back at how they almost threw their future into the wind and work hard to keep him right here where he is now.
Safe and sound behind the black and white flag.
Right where he belongs.