Why Paul Pogba isn't the right marquee signing for Barcelona

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Barcelona's presidential elections are looming and with every candidates' manifesto comes the promise of significant funds and expected marquee players.

Don't let FIFA's transfer ban confuse you.

Barca are still able to sign players but are unable to register them to play until January 1, 2016.

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So the most sensible scenario would be to secure the services of their desired player and then loan him back to the parent club for the first half of the season.

One name that keeps cropping up in dispatches is that of Juventus' Paul Pogba.

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A beast of a player, the ex-Manchester United man has ruled the midfield roost for the Bianconeri for the last few seasons, and so it's perhaps no surprise that he is linked to some of the best teams in the world.

Frankly however, Barca should steer well clear.

Undeniable quality

There's no denying that the 22-year-old has talent. In a team loaded with quality, Pogba still stands out.

Barca's fan base would've seen first hand at the Champions League Final the skill and work ethic that he brings to the party.

But for all of his energy and excellence he just isn't the right for the Catalans.

Luis Enrique would have to radically change his style to accommodate the Frenchman's skill set, and one has to ask the question that if Barca wanted a rampaging midfield dynamo in their system, why did they get rid of Yaya Toure.

There's no question that Sergio Busquets would be removed from his defensive midfield slot, and Ivan Rakitic has proved beyond any doubt that he is a perfect fit in this Barcelona side.

That would leave Andres Iniesta fighting it out for the final midfield place.


Not only would there be a huge backlash from the fan base were that to happen but the intricate passing triangles would be lost and solutions to tight situations that Iniesta manages with aplomb would also go to the wall.

Pogba relies heavily on his physicality and driving forward at every opportunity. That isn't so much part of Barcelona's game.

Enrique has made Barca more vertical yes, but the meat and drink of their game still remains the short, sharp passing game.

Take a look at any of the Juventus games in which Pogba participated in 2014/15 and you will be hard pressed to find any segment of any game, where you could suggest that Pogba played his role in a "Barca style."

Quick integration

So, essentially what we would be looking at is a player that will need to significantly adapt his own game to suit the needs of the team.

That may not be beyond Pogba but it will certainly take time. Time for him to understand that workings of Barca's system, and time for the team to understand how Pogba plays best.

Come January, Barca won't have time on their hands. They'll need a signing that can integrate as swiftly as possible. Pogba isn't that man.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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