After commanding an £89 million transfer fee, you’d think that Paul Pogba was already the finished article.
However, the Frenchman hasn’t exactly started his career at Manchester United impressively, receiving plenty of criticism for his performances at Old Trafford.
And it seems his struggles have translated on to the international stage.
France may have thrashed Bulgaria 4-1 in their World Cup qualifier on Friday but that doesn’t mean Pogba produced a performance worthy of the most expensive player in the world.
The 23-year-old was so unconvincing that French newspaper L’Equipe gave him an appalling 4 out of 10 for his performance. It meant that the Manchester United man was the worst performer for his side during the convincing victory.
Some of you are probably thinking: ‘But what do L’Equipe know? The ratings are done by just a bunch of journalists that know nothing about football.’
But it seems that French boss Didier Deschamps agrees with L’Equipe after he criticised Pogba’s performance himself.
“I don’t like evaluating one player individually. [Pogba] alternated between good things and less good things,” said the France boss.
“Paul can and must do better. He knows that.
“But he did not play in a position that highlights him. In this position, his role is more about the construction of the game. He has everything to do it.
“He did good things tonight. And some others that were less good.”
At the age of 23, Pogba has time on his side to go on to become one of the best midfielders in European football.
However, United supporters have every right to be slightly worried about his form since re-signing for the Red Devils this summer. If you break the world transfer record on a player - no matter how old he is - you expect results immediately.
While there’s a lot of pressure on his shoulders, Pogba simply needs to start performing, and soon.