Yesterday’s action on the Index was heavily influenced by the events taking place over in Serie A. The big winner from yesterday was Juventus hitman Paulo Dybala (£5.18) who was subject to a 16p increase on the back of his performance during Juventus’ 4-1 victory over SPAL 2013.
Paulo Dybala is someone we’ve spoken about before and he’s definitely an interesting prospect for traders to keep a close eye on over the season (and beyond!) Dybala is a technical genius and Paul Pogba even described him as a ‘Phenomenon’ when he was playing with him! It’s clear that he’s a player going places and he is already making a strong argument to be considered one of the top 5 players in the world at the moment.
But from an Index point of view, what makes Dybala such an intriguing prospect is his ability to rack up so many points even when he may not be scoring multiple goals during a particular match. It’s true that Dybala is currently in the form of his life, with 11 league goals in 10 league matches! But during yesterday’s match, Dybala only grabbed one goal and yet he still managed an impressive tally of 210 points. Dybala only has 1 assist so far this season, so it’s not as if he’s an assist king either, so where are the points coming from?
Dybala may not be notching up many assists at the moment, but he’s certainly notching up lots of passes! As we mentioned already, the Argentine’s technical game is superb and he regularly finds his man with a pass. But Dybala is also not afraid of putting a shift in and it is this attribute which makes him really valuable. Dybala isn’t your archetypal goal mouth predator, he works for the team, delivering passes and supporting build up play – but on top of this, he’s now also finding the net with much more regularity. Combining this potent mixture of a strong work ethic, with his accurate passing and clinical finishing and you’ve got the makings of a very strong performer on the PB!
When you compare Dybala to someone like Dries Mertens (£1.95) this just goes to show how good the Argentine is. Mertens’ managed a double during Napoli’s hard fought 3-2 win over Genoa last night yet he was still unable to dislodge Dybala from first place for the striker (and overall) PB winner – even though Dybala only got one goal compared to Mertens’ brace! This doesn’t mean Mertens is a poor hold (far from it in fact!) as the Belgian is also looking great again this year, but it can be used as an indication from last night to further highlight Dybala’s worth.
With this in mind, it’s worth keeping a track of some of the Serie A stars such as Dybala and you’d certainly do well to get first dibs on him while you can before Dybala is joining the likes of Harry Kane further up the Index first team!