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Pogba and Higuain cost a hell of a lot.

Paul Pogba vs Gonzalo Higuain: Comparing the transfer window's blockbuster buys

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Paul Pogba and Gonzalo Higuain made headlines this summer as the transfer window’s two biggest buys.

Higuain left Napoli for Juventus in a deal worth £76m, a move which paved the way for the Old Lady to sell Paul Pogba to Manchester United for a world-record £89 million fee.

The comparisons between the two players aren’t obvious. One is a 23-year-old midfielder with dreams of winning the Ballon d’Or; the other is a 28-year-old striker looking for one last shot at winning the Champions League.

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Both, however, came at a cost.

Pogba and Higuain were both included in a recent survey that listed the 10 most overpriced signings of the summer. But if they deliver on the pitch, neither United nor Juventus will care about the cost.

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As the duo kickstart their new campaigns, it’s worth comparing their stats after a month of action. We don’t have much to go on, of course, but it gives an insight into how United and Juventus will be thinking about their respective big-money signings.

All stats are taken from the pair’s league games, and are provided by Squawka.

Appearances:

Pogba: 3
Higuain: 3

Minutes played:

Pogba: 270
Higuain: 120

Goals:

Pogba: 0
Higuain: 3

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Shot accuracy %:

Pogba: 18
Higuain: 75

Total shots:

Pogba: 11
Higuain: 6

Assists:

Pogba: 0
Higuain: 0

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Passes attempted:

Pogba: 203
Higuain: 24

Passes completed:

Pogba: 171
Higuain: 19

Pass completion %:

Pogba: 84
Higuain: 79

Key passes:

Pogba: 4
Higuain: 2

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Tackles won:

Pogba: 3
Higuain: 0

Tackles lost:

Pogba: 6
Higuain: 3

Conclusion

Don’t read into these stats too much. Pogba and Higuain’s new careers are at an early stage and should be judged at the end of the season.

The Manchester United midfielder has made a slow start to life at Old Trafford, hence why he’s receiving so much criticism. For £89m, United and Jose Mourinho probably expected at least one assist from the Frenchman.

Higuain, meanwhile, has made an incredibly fast start. Three goals in three games? Not bad for a 'fat man'.

Who will prove to be better signing, Pogba or Higuain? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Topics:
Paul Pogba
Football
Premier League
Serie A
Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Juventus
Gonzalo Higuain

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