He’s the £100 million man who has grabbed headlines throughout the summer months, and now with a move to Manchester United seemingly imminent there is one big question to be asked. Is Paul Pogba worth it?
Since he first departed Manchester in 2012 he has gone on to become one of the most complete midfielders in Europe and a lynch-pin for a Juventus side that have won five domestic trophies. He delivered 14 assists and created 9 goals as they won the Scudetto – the club’s 32nd in total.
As the seasons pass he continues to build on his achievements and grow as a player, hence the excitement around him heading into Euro 2016.
Many fans saw exactly what the powerful box-to-box midfielder has to offer during France’s unsuccessful Euros campaign.
And while he struggled to live up to expectations at the tournament, he’s widely tipped to play his best football in the Premier League, where his style of muscular, powerful football will be well suited.
Yaya Toure is a similar player in some respects, and he has arguably played some of his best football during his time with Many City in the EPL.
In recent years Man United have tried in vain to replace Paul Scholes, the last midfielder they had who could be relied on to create and score goals while fulfilling the other typical roles of an all-round midfielder. Players have been purchased in recent seasons to fill the hole, with Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini two very different players in stylistic terms that were purchased to do the job.
Pogba embodies many of the best attributes that both those players have. The height, power and goal threat of Fellaini, coupled with the technical skills and vision of Herrera. Which player will be axed from the team, and how Juan Mata (a player Mourinho famously sold to Manchester United) remains to be seen.
His new manager Jose Mourinho is also known to favour physically powerful players, with Michael Essien among his former charges during his first tenure at Chelsea (before taking him on loan during his time as Real Madrid manager) and possessing many similarities to the young Frenchman.
With a £100 million price tag, you can expect him to play every single minute of football for Man United this season.