Following a fairly successful 2014 World Cup campaign with his French national team, Paul Pogba has now seen his club manager Antonio Conte resign as manager of Juventus.
The decision came as a bit of a shock considering Conte led Juventus to three consecutive league titles and two Italian Super Cups. His time as manager was very successful, and his departure has been viewed as “a serious loss” by Juventus goalkeeper and Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon.
With a bit of instability surrounding the club in the wake of Conte’s departure, this may be the best time for Pogba to make a move to another high-level club in Europe.
Pogba is only 21 years old and has flashed signs of his incredible potential in midfield both for Juventus and France. To ensure his growth as a player continues at this phenomenal rate, Pogba may need to find another club and manager that will groom him as Conte did.
Pogba’s technical ability is already world-class, and he has shown the capability of being an athletic force from box-to-box in the same vein as Yaya Touré, who many consider to be one of the best two-way midfielders in the world. The two players are similar in stature, but Touré is capable of taking a stranglehold on a game when necessary and Pogba has not yet shown the ability to do that consistently yet. The comparison is still the most apt for Pogba at this stage of his career.
The future of Juventus is still murky at this point, and there have been reports of a lack of spending which could cause friction with the players and new manager. To maintain their status as the top team in Italy and a Champions League threat, Juventus will be forced to spend to continue improving the team, or players may decide to bolt.
At this point, it is unclear whether the club’s management will decide to buck that trend and open their wallets, which is why Pogba should look for greener pastures.
A powerhouse like Chelsea or Manchester City, where Touré plays, could be a better fit for Pogba. Those two teams will basically guarantee Champions League football every year while surrounding Pogba with the necessary talent to ensure his growth as a player.
Also, a move to one of those teams would offer Pogba the chance to play against Manchester United, the team Sir Alex Ferguson used to manage when Pogba was a player there. Ferguson famously rebuffed Pogba’s request to play more first-team minutes and allowed him to leave for Juventus on a free transfer. Since that time, Pogba has proved that he is well on his way to becoming one of the best midfielders in the world in time.
A chance at showing his former club what they missed out on might be something Pogba would consider if he is indeed open to a move.
In the face of recent events at Juventus, Pogba’s best course of action should be to look for a move elsewhere to ensure he stays on the path to becoming one of the world’s best.