It is only natural to compare Carlos Tévez and Paulo Dybala — they're both Argentinian and they both happen to be very good strikers who have donned bianconero either in the past or the present. That's the easy narrative we can create, and it won't be wrong. Throw in the fact that many saw Dybala as the successor to Tévez, and you have a narrative-filled bowl of talented Argentinian strikes who just so happen to play for Juventus.
When Dybala signed for Juventus, what did you expect him to do? That's an honest question. He had just arrived for a Andrea Agnelli Era-record transfer fee after he had a very good season at Palermo. But little did we know that so soon after the first day of the season that the young Argentine with the boyish good looks would become one of Juventus' most important players.
It didn't take long for Dybala to settle in at Juventus. Once he got rolling, it was hard to slow him down. And whenever you thought he might be cooling off just a little bit, he would go and score another goal or two just to make all of those worries go flying out of the window at a high rate of speed.
Now, as we sit here with only seven rounds to go, Dybala is closing in on the same kind of goal-scoring numbers as Juventus' first post-Alessandro Del Piero No. 10 did two seasons ago.
Carlos Tévez, 2013-14: 48 games, 21 goals
Paulo Dybala, 2015-16: 40 games, 18 goals
Conclusion: Those guys are pretty good.
In more detail: Dybala has been everything we had hoped he would be — and then some, probably. His goals have been frequent, his goals have been important and, a good portion of the time, his goals have won Juventus a lot of points as they shot up the Serie A table following that stupid, stupid start to the season.
Let's just hope that Dybala makes a return to the field this weekend against his former side, Palermo, and continue the quest toward equalling what Tévez did in his first Juventus season. As he said in an interview earlier in the week, he sounds like a guy who will be doing just that. And knowing that he returned to full training on Wednesday, Dybala is certainly on pace to at least have some kind of impact on Palermo's trip to Turin this weekend.
Oh, and for the record: This isn't meant to start a debate as to who was better during their first year at Juventus. (Although I'm sure it will start one because we like to talk about these things.) Either way, they're both fantastic strikers. And the best part about Dybala coming to Juventus in his early 20s? He's only going to get better, so I guess we should get used to these impressive goal tallies. Not that we'll object to them...
One more thing: While Tévez provided us with plenty of memorable moments, he never was the third wheel in a Max Allegri vs. Paul Pogba basketball shootout. (At least, as far as we know, that is.)
Take that, Carlitos. If anything, Paulo Dybala has you beat when it comes to successful sending headers through a basketball hoop you might also see a bunch of teenagers using in their driveways.
Such a shame this team has no fun. They should really enjoy things every once in a while.