After talks began between Manchester United and Juventus, Paul Pogba could become the world’s first £100 million footballer.
However, recent performances at Euro 2016 suggest Pogba may not be worth that substantial price tag after all.
Coming into the start of the European Championship, Pogba was the poster boy, the man who France’s hope rested on. But things didn’t quite work out for the 23-year-old, who failed to shine in his home country, and eventually, was part of the side who finished as runners-up after a surprise defeat to Portugal in the final.
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Despite entering the tournament with high expectations, Pogba began poorly, and after being replaced in the opening match against Romania, was left out of the starting XI for the game with Albania.
It’s fair to say that despite making the final, Pogba was a bit of a disappointment.
Numerous reports have suggested that Manchester United are willing to break the bank to make Pogba the most expensive player in history, but based on some of his performances, this might not be a good idea.
When you spend so much money on a player, you expect to buy someone who is capable of producing big moments in big games. It doesn’t seem that Pogba is capable of that quite yet. He did manage to create a couple of good opportunities in the semi-final against Germany, but this didn’t come about consistently enough during the competition.
When watching the Juventus man, you get the feeling that he still doesn’t quite know where he wants to play. For both club and country he has played in a number of positions, mainly in either the holding role in front of the back four, or as a number ten behind the striker.
If he really is to become one of the top players in the world, he’s going to have to find his best position, and play there consistently. It seems that from a deeper role he struggles to influence the game as he would wish to, and for £100 million, you would expect to sign someone who could take the game by the scruff of the neck and have a positive impact.
However, when he is deployed slightly further forward, he appears to abandon his defensive responsibilities. It is a conundrum, and one that Jose Mourinho will have to solve if he does indeed return to Old Trafford.
It is obvious that Pogba does have all the attributes needed to become a world-class player, but it is the lack of application of that talent that is preventing him from developing further.
If he were to move back to United, then he would have a lot of work to do if he was to justify the massive transfer fee.
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