The recent sales of Italian starlet Moise Kean and Portugal international Joao Cancelo suggests that Juve is heading in entirely the wrong direction. Selling young talents and keeping aged players like Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain means there is no future project in the works over at Turin. However, the bigger picture here is that the Bianconeri are slowly losing their identity.
By drastically changing the logo, slowly eradicating the black and white stripes on the shirt, mishandling the contracts of club legends, the sale of young talent and ticket prices rising, Juventus is no longer a representation of what it used to be. While other clubs like Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona can win the Champions League without altering the club’s identity, Juve are willing to let go of their history and make unnecessary changes off and on the pitch so they can satisfy their European obsession.
Most Juventini are currently struggling to process all these considerable changes. But things could still get worse in this transfer window if the Scudetto holders sell Dybala abroad or include him in a deal to gain Inter’s Mauro Icardi.
The Juventus management should at least give Dybala a chance to play one season under the Maurizio Sarri system. The Argentina international boasts the versatility and qualities to thrive under an attack-minded Coach.
Over the last four seasons under Massimiliano Allegri, some of La Joya’s performances in front of goal have proven why he is such an asset to the Italian champions. Dybala has started strong in recent years, including his incredible 2018-19 Champions League group stage performance with five goals. However, consistency is something the 25-year-old still needs to work on. With Allegri no longer at Juve limiting Dybala’s freedom in attack, this seems like the ideal occasion to redeem himself in a more suitable game philosophy.
During Dybala’s time at Palermo, many Serie A viewers saw the versatile forward play some of his finest football. He and Italo-Argentine Franco Vazquez made the Sicilian club one of the most exciting attacking sides to watch in the 2014-15 season. When Dybala is given a license to roam upfront, this is when his creativity and technical skills really come to fruition.
Under Sarri’s 4-3-3 formation, a front trio of Ronaldo, Dybala and Douglas Costa could cause a few headaches for defenders. Dybala’s lay-offs, through balls, passing and creativity could complement Costa’s pace and offer more goal-scoring chances for Ronaldo. This would be the best formula for Sarri going forward, especially with Dybala being more versatile than the likes of Higuain and Mario Mandzukic. But a player of this calibre should also be a permanent starter – not playing second fiddle to anyone.
The Juventus management thinking about the idea of selling Dybala is disturbing for many fans. If the Old Lady was to sell their classy No.10 for fellow Argentine Mauro Icardi, then the Turin club would be receiving the downgrade side of the deal.
Icardi is a more traditional centre-forward – boasting remarkable goalscoring instincts and an aerial threat inside the 18-yard box. However, the 26-year-old striker lacks the technicality to be involved in build-up play outside the box. Using Ronaldo as a striker and playing Dybala just behind is a system that would have the potential for success on a domestic and European scale.
Another reason why Juventus must hold on to their South American gem is due to age. Dybala can be the present and part of a future project. The majority of Juve’s attackers are all well into their thirties and don’t possess the technical and creative qualities that Dybala holds.
It is yet to be seen what happens to Dybala before the 2019-20 Serie A season kicks off next weekend. Juventus needs to stop thinking about another short-sighted move and give one of their most talented players a chance to perform in the new Sarri era. It would be a tremendous loss for Juventini if the club decides to sell their elegant and entertaining Joya – even worse for the Italian top flight if he joins a club abroad.