Paulo Dybala is proving a more than adequate replacement for Carlos Tevez

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Following the departure Carlos Tevez this summer, Juventus splashed the cash to bring in 22-year-old Paulo Dybala from Palermo for a reported fee in the region of €32 million.

His journey to the top hasn't been straightforward - as a youngster, the Argentine got his first break at a professional club in 2011 with Instituto AC Cordoba, who played in the second division of his native country.

After just four goals from 11 games, Italian side Palermo swept in to sign the top prospect for over £8 million in 2012.


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Dybala’s first season in Italy was mainly spent occupying the bench. He made 28 appearances, but only played the full 90 minutes on six occasions and scored just three goals.

The club were relegated to Serie B and Dybala continued to struggle for any game time. From November through to February he was barely included, but in March he got his chance and made the most of it.

Dybala finished the season as a regular starter with five goals and six assists. The Argentine scored two match winners and helped his side earn promotion back to Serie A.

He also managed to make a much better impression on the Italian top division second time around. The striker continued to develop by scoring 13 goals and creating ten others as he cemented his place in the starting lineup.

Juventus Look to Utilise Dybala's Raw Talent

The Argentine was 21-years-old when he moved to Turin in the summer, but it was still considered quite a big risk to sign a forward who had only scored 21 goals over the past three seasons.

Luckily for Dybala, Juventus are the masters at bringing young players into their first team. He was thrown straight into the match day squad and quickly became a regular feature in the starting eleven.

Due to the regular playing time at a top club, and the vast array of talent feeding him, his goal scoring consistency has stepped up with seven strikes after 17 matches so far. However, his new, more centrally-orientated role has seen his assists fall from last season with just two.

Juventus have grabbed a bargain in signing such a top prospect. Not only will his goal tally rise as he continues to improve, but his age dictates he can lead the line for the Old Lady for many years to come.

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