Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba may have faced his critics this season, but there is one key area in which he leads the Premier League rankings.
The Frenchman, who cost the Red Devils a massive £89 million during the summer transfer window, has now completed more passes than any other English top-flight midfielder this season.
Given his technical ability, it is perhaps unsurprising to see Pogba emerging as one of the division’s most proficient performers. After all, he returned to the Manchester outfit as perhaps the world’s most coveted player, with Europe’s elite clubs all in hot pursuit of his signature.
His record-money move to Old Trafford was accompanied by huge fanfare and huge expectation, following a summer in which Pogba featured on home soil for his country at EURO 2016 – a tournament which would ultimately end in heartbreak for the hosts, at the hands of subsequent winners Portugal.
While Pogba hasn’t quite been the midfield lynchpin that the Old Trafford faithful were hoping for this season, this impressive statistic is a sure sign of his increasing influence on games. This was typified with his contribution during Manchester United’s recent 2-0 win over Chelsea, for which he received significant praise.
So far this season he has featured across 28 matches for Jose Mourinho’s men, totaling 1726 passes throughout his involvement – an average of 61.64 per appearance. 1312 of these have seen the ball moved forward, with just 711 going backwards. Additionally, he has fashioned 54 key passes, three of which have resulted in assists.
His creative output hasn’t quite lived up to supporters’ £89 million expectations, with several other household names trumping him in this area. Nonetheless, this is an area he will undoubtedly seek to improve ahead of his second full season as a Manchester United first-team player.