Paul Pogba is yet to show just why Manchester United decided to pay £89 million for him.
The Frenchman hasn’t been terrible, but he certainly hasn’t been a sensation, either. Pogba should be given at least a complete season before he is judged, but such a hefty fee brings a high level of expectation that has not yet been reached.
United supporters the world over will be hoping his performance in the 4-1 win against Leicester City last month is a sign of things to come.
It will be a long time before football sees another transfer saga as extensive and, quite frankly, tedious as Pogba’s. There was the Adidas adverts and the cryptic Instagram posts, while his move was announced in a video with UK rapper Stormzy.
The 23-year-old and his agent, Mino Raiola, clearly wanted to drum up excitement but they ended up putting us to sleep.
Pogba was afforded an extended break after he helped France to the Euro 2016 final and he spent his summer in the United States, playing basketball with Antoine Griezmann and hanging out with Drake.
Rushed into action
It was this summer excursion that meant Pogba missed the pre-season, making his United debut in their second league game of the season 10 days after signing.
So the midfielder was rushed into action, and France Football believe it’s having an impact on his performances.
The French magazine were rather critical of Pogba’s display in Les Bleus’ 4-1 win against Bulgaria on Monday, claiming he was “wandering, both tactically and technically.”
Four out of 10
French sports paper L’Equipe were even more harsh, giving Pogba a rating of four out of 10. France Football believe wholeheartedly that the ex-Juventus man is struggling due to a lack of pre-season.
In quotes translated by 101GreatGoals, they claim: “How could it be otherwise? How could we think that with an almost non-existent preparation, the Red Devil could be physically able to put in a performance at the highest level?
“There was lack of important ground work between the formalisation of the transfer and his first game of the season – just ten days!”
It’s clear that Pogba, a breath of fresh air in Italy, is still working towards being physically ready to play in the Premier League after what must have been an exhausting summer.
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