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Can France’s Pogba Become The World’s Best Player?

July 05, 2016

- Grant Whittington

France have flattered to deceive in their opening Euro 2016 matches, relying on late strikes against Romania and Albania to help secure their qualification to the knockout stages, while against Republic of Ireland they were far from convincing. Coach Didier Deschamps also drew some criticism for the rotation of players during these games, with some arguing that it disrupted French momentum and the form of talisman Dimitri Payet.

One man who has embodied this is Paul Pogba, who has performed inconsistently so far despite his world class reputation. For those who have already declared him as the world’s best midfielder, Pogba has much to do if he is to finally realise these expectations.

Can Pogba Become The Best Player In The World?

The question that remains is whether or not Pogba is good enough to become the world’s best player? A product of the successful Le Harve academy in France, Pogba represented Manchester United at youth level before progressing to their first team. An acrimonious departure followed after a paucity of first-team opportunities, as Pogba joined Juventus and has since become a stellar performer for the Serie A outfit. Now, Pogba is the subject of intense transfer speculation, with clubs such a Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City all rumoured to be interested.

Even Manchester United are reported to be interesting in resigning Pogba, with incredible fees of between £78 and £100 being mooted.

While Pogba is a superb player with excellent pedigree, however, such transfer fees are more indicative of the current hyperbole that surrounds top flight players. At just 23, the Frenchman is arguably years away from his peak, and while some view this as untapped potential others believe that it is still far too early to determine precisely how good Pogba can become.

The Main Challenge Facing Pogba

Perhaps the biggest issue facing the talented Pogba is confusion concerning his best position. He appears best suited to the role of a box-to-box midfielder, as his dominant first-half performance in the Group A decider against Switzerland underlined. He has also appeared for Juventus as a number 10 and in a holding midfielder role, however, where his goal-threat and tough tackling also helped him to contribute heavily to the Old Lady’s recent success.

While such versatility highlights the talent of the man, it will ultimately hinder him from establishing himself as a true world great. Maybe the final stages of Euro 2016 are the moments where he can finally discover his true, best position.

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