This summer transfer window has already seen several big names mentioned for possible transfers, but arguably the hottest property at this moment in time resides in Turin, at the Club of Juventus. The player I am talking about is of course Paul Pogba, although his team-mate Arturo Vidal has also been given a fair amount of media attention.
So far the Golden Boy of 2013 reportedly has been worthy of bids of 80 million euros and £71 million, from Barcelona and Manchester City respectively. With Manchester United and Real Madrid also rumoured to be interested in the player. Why is it that everyone wants the midfielder at their club?
Why does everyone want Paul Pogba?
Known to some simply as “pogboom” for his explosive playing style, Pogba awareness appears omniscient within a 2-yard radius, with his ability to hold off, juke and outsmart multiple opponents when placed in a seemingly impossible situation. The tighter the space, the more the frenchman’s ability shines through. His ball control and trickery is only paralleled by some of the top wingers in the world, and far exceeds that of most box-to-box midfielders. This allows him to create plenty of time for himself on the ball in the most compact places of a football pitch. His ability to make the opposition’s efforts to dispossess him redundant often leads to him being on the wrong end of his counterparts frustration, but it also makes him one of the most watchable players in Europe.
However it’s not just when the 22-year-old has his back up against the wall that he excels. Given time and space he can produce the spectacular. The second the pitch opens to him he doesn’t panic or rush, but appears to switch to a nonchalant mindset, in which time moves at half the usual speed. At which point he will either drive forward and continue to burst past opposition players, or alternatively raise his head and look to offload to the likes of Llorente, Tevez and Marchisio. He registered 10 goals and 6 assists last season, and it’s likely that this number will only grow as he continues to develop as a player.
Not only is he technically at a level at which many players in Europe’s top leagues can only dream of, he is also amongst the physical elite. He possesses immense stamina, ferocious strength and surprising agility for a man his size. The wonderkid’s pace is highlighted when he is seen chasing down a lost ball, or an opponent, like a lion with it’s prey. And at 6’ 2” it’s rare that he will be seen being beaten in aerial duels.
Pogba succeeds in combining all these attributes together and can produce moments of magic on a pitch. A player who truly has it all, possibly his only weakness is that his own team-mates can struggle keep up with his chain of thought.
Why may he not want to leave?
Well first of all he’s at Juventus, one of the biggest clubs in European Football. A team who were Champions League Finalists last season. The club has one of the largest global fan bases. Occupies a 41,000 capacity ground. Has won the Serie A title for the last 4 consecutive years, and a record 31 (official) titles overall. Juve’s glorious 117-year-old history has lead to it being known as the ‘Girlfriend of Italy’.
After the club took him in at just 19-years-old and nurtured him into the player he is today, It’s easy to see why he may still went to stick around for a little while longer yet.
However his reasons to stay may not just lie in his love for the club, but also in his international team interests. If Pogba was to sign for a new club such as Barcelona or Real Madrid, the competition for a place in the starting line-up would step up a notch. Out of fear of not having a guaranteed place week-in, week-out, the 2014 Fifa World Cup Best Young Player will be reluctant to sign on for other clubs. With the UEFA Euro 2016 coming(which is being held in his home nation) he will definitely want to be playing a key role in France’s participation, and will not want to take any risks that could potentially jeopardize his chances of doing so.
Therefore, in conclusion, although I don’t see Paul Pogba leaving Juventus this summer. There is, however, a possibility of a transfer with a season-long loan back length. If not, the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, PSG, and Manchester City may just have to be patient for now.
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