The transfer saga of the summer, is finally set to come to a close, as Manchester United officially announced Paul Pogba was due in Manchester for a medical. The Juventus man has been linked with a world record transfer to Old Trafford all summer and it appears the move is now going to happen. The fee is set to be around £100 million, a world record figure and one which has been widely discussed.
Usually, large transfer fees are reserved for forwards, with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, currently holding the record, at £85 million. Players below him include Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez. These are all players, whose job is to score and create goals for the team. You have to go down to 9th in the list, to find Zinedine Zidane, as being the last central midfielder to command a high transfer fee.
However, if last season and this pre-season has shown anything, it’s that Manchester United are still lacking something in central midfield. There is very little drive, energy, skill and dynamism in there and these are qualities Pogba brings to the table. Last season, was probably Pogba’s best in a Juventus shirt, scoring 8 league goals and registering 12 assists.
Pogba is a player who possesses great technical ability, coupled with good physical strength. He has the energy to play from box-to-box for 90 minutes, in addition to scoring all types of goals, whether it be from inside or outside the penalty area. Pogba has also developed the defensive side of his game in Serie A too, making crucial interceptions and starting attacks for his team.
You have to go back to the days of Paul Scholes, to find a Manchester United midfielder, who has scored at least 8 goals in a league season. Scholes did this back in 2004/05 but perhaps a more alarming statistic, is the fact Pogba produced more assists last season, than the entire group of central midfielders at Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho likes to play the 4-2-3-1 formation and Pogba would comfortably slot in as the forward thinking man, out of the two central midfielders in the team. Not only that but Pogba can easily operate further forward, as he has done for both Juventus and France.
At the age of 23, Pogba still has his best years ahead of him and could lead Manchester United to glory for many years to come. Forget the transfer fee, Manchester United are in desperate need of a driving midfield force and they do not come any better than Paul Pogba.