Juventus’ Paul Pogba: The Rising Star
Juventus has beaten Parma 1-0 thanks to a goal from French midfielder Paul Pogba. Pogba has now scored three goals and delivered four assists since the start of the season. At only 20 years old, the former Manchester United player is becoming an important player in Antonio Conte‘s team.
Paul Pogba joined Juventus in 2012 from Manchester United on a free transfer after refusing to sign a new contract with the defending English champions. His move was heavily criticized by former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson who accused Pogba of not respecting Manchester United.
Pogba started 18 games for Juventus last season and helped his club win the Serie A title scoring five goals. He also captained France U20 to victory in last summer’s U20 World Cup in Turkey. Even though he was behind Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo in the pecking order, Pogba was brilliant every time he was given a chance which earned him his first cap for France on March 22 against Georgia in a World Cup qualifier.
This season, Pogba’s status has changed at Juventus. The French midfielder is now more than a substitute and has already started nine games out of the eleven played by Juventus. He took advantage of Marchisio’s injury at the beginning of the season to gain playing time and prove that he’s ready to play an important role for Juventus despite his young age.
Pogba’s main assets are his technique, vision, physical strength and tactical intelligence. He is a very complete midfielder who can defend, win aerial balls, deliver passes, support attacks and score goals. His vision and tactical intelligence allow him to pick the right passes and make the perfect runs into the box to score goals. Pogba has been used both as a box-to-box midfielder and deep lying playmaker since joining Juventus. He excelled at both positions making Conte say that he could become one of the best players in the world.
After a promising first season at Juventus, Paul Pogba has taken his game to a superior level and is living up to the hype that surrounded him when he first joined the Italian club. The French International is a world class midfielder in the making and has all the tools to become one of the best players in the world.
Malamine Sane is a soccer writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @Malamino
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