Paulo Dybala and Tammy Abraham combined for two goals versus Fiorentina, with the Englishman providing the assists and La Joya hitting the net. The latter has fared significantly better in the early matches of 2023.
Per La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Argentine is the only player the former Chelsea marksman set up in multiple instances this season. The newly-minted World champion found the target from outside the box for the 28th time in his career Sunday. Only Lionel Messi (55) has done more damage from distance since 2015.
With the brace, Dybala improved to ten goals in the season, twice as much as Abraham and Pellegrini despite missing time with an injury in late 2022. Eight of them have come at the Stadio Olimpico.
The duo seemed more comfortable in a two-man attack. Nicolò Zaniolo sat out the game due to a stomach bug. Pellegrini played more as a box-to-box than as a no.10. The Giallorossi have rarely been able to field their so-called Fab Four together due to injuries and other reasons.
Our Take on Abraham and Dybala
While La Joya has pretty much always delivered when available other than in a few matches at the start of the season, the most meaningful development is the English striker finally getting off his schneid. While he may never produce in spades, they need him to at least not miss sitters and be properly engaged and active. The sample size is minimal, but not having Zaniolo might be an addition by subtraction since he hasn’t fared convincingly in a while.
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