If Paulo Dybala were to play the role of Batman, then Franco Vázquez would have been the perfect person to be cast as Robin based solely on what they did at the Renzo Barbera last season. They were the 1-2 punch that powered Palermo back to Serie A and then to a mid-table finish during the 2014-15 season.
Since the summer, though, Batman has gone off to bigger and brighter things, now becoming the hero that is having one of the best seasons of any player in Serie A and at the same time carrying Juventus through this new, younger era. Robin is still where he was come the end of last season, though. The results haven't been there — more so from a team point of view than individual, but it's not like he's having a bad season.
But it's safe to say that Vázquez certainly has his sights set on more than just making sure Palmero is playing Serie A football for a third consecutive season.
"For now I must think about keeping Palermo up, then one day I'd like to play with Dybala again. He's a friend and we did great things together at the Rosanero."
(Source: Football Italia)
Before you go start singing "REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD!!!" as you walk down the hallway, this doesn't mean that Vazquez is coming to Juventus in the January transfer window. Maybe not even in the summer transfer window even though Juve will likely continue their Great Trequartista Hunt if Max Allegri allows it. There will probably be some rumors out of Italy in the next couple of days linking Vázquez with a move to Juve simply because of what he's said about Dybala.
Vázquez went on to say this about his future:
"My future? First I'll save Palermo and then we'll see. I can't decide whether I go to Juventus, Milan, Inter or another big team. I don't know what will happen, but Zamparini will do the best for the team."
So, with that, here's the main part of the equation.
We know that Vázquez can be productive at a club like Palermo seeing as he's one of the central players. But does he have the skill set, at 26 years of age (he'll be 27 next month, by the way), to do it at a level that would benefit Juventus? Knowing what club he is coming from and who owns said club, potentially bringing Vázquez to Turin would cost a good amount of cash without question. Probably not Dybala money, but Vázquez isn't going to be cheap.
We'll see whether Batman gets to hang out with Robin again. Methinks he's doing pretty okay without him this season...