Paulo Dybala has been earmarked as the replacement for Carlos Tevez at Juventus, but his former Palermo teammate Franco Vazquez reckons that the 22-year-old may not be the like-for-like swap.
Juventus signed the former Parma striker for a huge sum of € 32 million along with € 8 million more in additional bonuses. Vazquez knows a thing or two about Juventus’ big-money signing after having played with him at Parma for the last couple of years.Vazquez and Dybala combined to great effect by scoring 23 goals in the league last season.
The 22-year-old has been riding on a wave of form in recent weeks. It has seen him score 7 goals in just 10 starts for his new club. As a result, talk has already begun aboutDybala being the next Tevez. Compared with the successful 2014-15 campaign,Vazquez has had a modest start to the 2015-16 season. He has managed only four assists and one goal in 14 appearances. This is pale in comparison with last season when his partnership withDybala saw him scored 10 goals and 10 assists in just 37 games. The midfielder is now looking forward to his reunion withDybala. Without the goals fromDybala andVazquez, Parma have been struggling closer to the relegation zone.
“Is he the heir to Tevez? I don’t think so. He’s a different player and he’s still young. He’s still got a long way to go, but I’m delighted for him.He’s got some beautiful memories of Palermo. He played three years here and I’m sure he’s going to be very emotional, but it’s Palermo against Juventus, not Vazquez against Dybala.It’s certainly going to be a special game, and it will be different to see him wearing another shirt to Palermo’s,” said the midfielder ahead of the match.