Paul Pogba’s reputation amongst football fans took a slight dip during Euro 2016.
The French midfielder was expected to emerge as the Player of the Tournament, but he flattered to deceive in a few of the matches.
However, it can be argued that Pogba wasn’t used correctly by the French coach Didier Deschamps.
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Pogba has been most effective for Juventus over the past four years when he’s been allowed to burst forward from midfield and contribute in attack.
For France, particularly in the final against Portugal, it was abundantly clear he’d been instructed to sit back and shield the back-four. A waste of his talent, some might argue.
His performances in France this summer didn’t deter Jose Mourinho from convincing Manchester United to smash the world transfer record for the 23-year-old.
At £89 million, Pogba became the most expensive footballer of all time earlier this week.
But Jamie Redknapp, the former Liverpool star who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, believes there’s a midfielder with the ability to outshine Pogba this season.
In fact, Redknapp feels that Tottenham’s Dele Alli has the potential to become an even better player than United’s latest signing.
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“The player I’m looking forward to seeing [Pogba] up against is Dele Alli,” Redknapp told Football Daily.
“If I was Dele Alli, I’d be thinking ‘everyone’s talking about this Paul Pogba guy, I can be as good as him.’
“Last year he showed what a tremendous talent he is. Can he go to that next level because I think those two can almost vie for being the top young midfielder in the country next year. They’re very similar players.
“I think Dele Alli has all the attributes to be as good, if not better than, Paul Pogba.”
Carragher didn't agree...
Disagreeing with Redknapp’s opinion, Jamie Carragher responded: “I don’t think he’ll get as good.
“I think Dele Alli’s a brilliant player, but I think Paul Pogba has got physical attributes that… he’s like a beast.”
They posted similar stats last season
In 33 Premier League appearances for Spurs last season, Alli contributed 10 goals and nine assists.
Aged just 20, it’s patently clear the Englishman has a bright future ahead of him in the game.
Pogba, who is three years older than Alli, scored eight goals and registered 12 assists in the same number of appearances in Serie A.
Alli and Pogba will go head-to-head when Tottenham travel to Old Trafford on December 11.
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