While no one can question the quality Paulo Dybala possesses, the player’s inconsistency is something that should worry the club.
Paulo Dybala has been hotly linked with a move to Manchester United from Juventus. Reports in Italian and English media claim that the talented forward is going to be part of a straight swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku.
It has been rumored that Cristiano Ronaldo is also eager to link up with Lukaku at Juventus. Due to this, the club’s hierarchy has been pushing Paulo Dybala towards the exits. While the youngster is eager to remain in Turin, the club’s desire to let him loose has forced the Argentine into thinking otherwise.
Arrived at the club in 2015 from Palermo, Paulo Dybala is quite a talent. With a bag of tricks, neat finishing and an ability to orchestrate moves, the gifted forward is a delight to watch when on song.
But the problem is that Dybala is not one of those world class players who would adapt their game depending on the need. Strictly speaking, the Argentine is great when comes to playing down the flanks or just behind the striker.
Inability to adapt
The arrival of Ronaldo meant that Dybala had to change his game considerably. And though he tried, it never worked out. In order to accommodate the Portugal legend, the former Palermo man was being tactically sacrificed. This resulted in a paltry return of ten goals last season.
Although Manchester United are very keen to sign the precocious talent, there is a flipside to the deal.
Despite being a huge upgrade to the current attacking talent on display, Dybala is too inconsistent to be relied upon on a regular basis. Yes there are times when he defines game like no one else but then there are also times when he disappears and struggles to own his role.
And that is the problem Solskjaer will have to deal with. In a team that already has so many players unable to perform at their best, there’s a slight risk that the Argentine would become a new addition to this particular malaise.
The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Fred and Paul Pogba (if he stays) were inconsistent throughout last season. Inability to make major impact on a regular basis was a big reason why United struggled to finish inside the top four.
There is definitely no questioning Dybala’s ability but even if United do end up bringing him to Old Trafford, the Argentine international will struggle if the tactical approach doesn’t cater to his talents.
At the age of 25, Dybala doesn’t have a lot of time to develop into a versatile playmaker. The youngster needs a manager who can help him do that but it remains to be seen if Solskjaer is going to be that manager.
However, there is still hope. With the Red Devils desperate for consistency and creative flair, the Norwegian tactician might end up working on a system that is suitable to Dybala’s talents. And if that doesn’t happen, the residents of Old Trafford risk housing an expensive luxury of which they have several already.