Premier League linked Paulo Dybala scored his 12th goal of the season in Palermo's weekend defeat to Lazio.
Touted as one of Serie A's most talented youngsters, and linked with a summer move to both Chelsea and Manchester United, Palermo's Paulo Dybala found himself in the limelight again this weekend, scoring his side's only goal in a 2-1 defeat to Champions League chasing Lazio.
Despite the disappointing final scoreline, he emerged as one of Palermo's better performers - a sentiment supported by the statistics.
The 21-year-old managed four attempts at goal throughout ninety-minutes, from which he challenged Lazio's Federico Marchetti on two occasions. He put Palermo in front in the 26th minute, when he found himself unmarked in the 18-yard-box. Robin Quaison set up the chance, and Dybala struck the ball towards the near post and out of Marchetti's reach. He now has 12 goals in 23 league appearances this season - the division's third highest scorer.
Praised regularly for his creative prowess and his ability to beat a marker, the youngster did not disappoint against Lazio. He impressed in this capacity, playing one key pass, completing one take on and drawing a further three fouls. Palermo may have fallen short in this tie, but the youngster was by far the club's most dangerous attacking threat - he proved a constant thorn in the side of the capital outfit.
His distribution has left plenty to be desired this season, and this remained the case against Lazio. Here, he successfully completed 77.8% of his total attempts to find a teammate, as he played fewer passes (18) than all but one Palermo starting player, Robin Quaison (14).
This is significantly lower than the current Manchester United average, and the minimum standard set by Louis van Gaal - 85%.
Considering the Red Devils' lack of a goalscorer this season, Dybala is likely to be watched very closely as the summer transfer window approaches.
At just 21 years of age is looked upon favourably by the Old Trafford faithful, as a player capable of leading the club's title charge next season. If he can continue impressing in this manner, it's unlikely he will remain at Palermo next term.