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Paul Pogba would be a ridiculous signing for Chelsea

Pogba has been in good form for Juve. (©GettyImages)
Pogba has been in good form for Juve. (©GettyImages).

Sitting pretty with a host of other problems currently suffocating Chelsea's credentials as major Premier League contenders this year, their overwhelming host of creative midfielders is probably second only to their lack of a prolific striker.

I could sit here and write out the names of every player competing for a place in Jose Mourinho's midfield, but I'd probably run out of space.

It's predominantly for this reason, amongst a pool choices, that I think Chelsea's speculated pursuit of Paul Pogba is utterly ridiculous.

The French midfielder has somewhat reinvented himself in the Serie A, becoming a mainstay in a very talented Juventus team as a result. However this does not act as a sufficient enough makeweight to reason that his purchase would be wise nor beneficial.

Pogba departed Old Trafford, where he once acclaimed as the next big thing, due to conflicts about the wage and role he deserved within Sir Alex Ferguson's title winning team. Stripped down to the bare bones this was an 18-year-old questioning the decisions made by one of the most successful managers of all time.

Pogba's attitude to training and playing never quite suited Fergie's mantra of 'club before player', and in truth it was a co-existence that was never going to last. Juve came calling and the rest, as they say, is history.

Move forward to present day however and the prospect of Pogba's ceremonious return to the Premier League is one that is being treated seriously.

But what exactly does Jose Mourinho stand to benefit from a transfer that is rumoured to potentially cost around £25million?

Pogba is a young and exciting figure, sure. However when it's considered that Marco van Ginkel and Kevin de Bruyne are only 20 and 22 respectively, one struggles to use the 'one for the future argument'.

Pogba's strengths lie in his ability to surge forward and support the attack, whilst acting as a central figure who can distribute play as well as score goals.

With all due credibility and respect he doesn't offer anything that Chelsea don't already have within their star-studded squad.

Next we can look to Pogba's overall ethos, which ironically once again strikes in at loggerheads with his would-be Premier League boss.

Despite being 20-years-of-age, the France international rarely falls the right side of the confidence line, with his approach to football being eerily reminiscent of one Mario Balotelli- a player Mourinho infamously struggled to work with.

Mourinho only has room for one ego in his sides and that is his own. It's hard to see a world in which the Juventus star and the Special One can thrive without the first running into problems due to his arrogance.

There's a few lessons to be learnt from spending sprees that don't have any real aim or direction past buying players simply because they become available. Manchester City or perhaps QPR would both be in good positions to offer some guidance on this.

Chelsea's indifferent start to the season can be put down to the fact that Mourinho has significantly more work to do this time around than he did in the early days of his first stint in charge. A striker, a solid centre-back partnering and the futures of a large number of his current stars would probably be a start.

Signing Paul Pogba to add more petrol to a fire already in danger of burning out of control? 

Ill-advised at best, at worst? Absolutely ridiculous.

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