Over the summer, Manchester United splashed huge money to bring in their former academy product Paul Pogba. The French midfielder had a supremely successful spell out in the Serie A with Juventus, but it is definitely fair to say his time with Jose Mourinho has been hit and miss so far.
We’ve seen glimpses of his brilliance with some wonderful passes into Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has been leading the line, alongside some commanding displays in the middle of the park.
However, alongside that, there has been some poor performances. I’d point to the Manchester derby at Old Trafford and also the 4-0 drubbing Chelsea served us at Stamford Bridge.
Now former Blues Frank Lampard has had his say on the talented Frenchman, and he believes he hasn’t been performing at a high enough level yet. He compares Pogba to Juan Mata, and it’s clear to all that Lampard certainly prefers to see his former teammate in the side than the former Juventus man.
“When you have a £90m price tag on your shoulders, you want to see results. He hasn’t quite delivered.” Lampard is quoted as saying on Sky Sports by The Sun.
“If you want him to be the Paul Scholes of your midfield, is that a £90m player?
“If he plays there regularly and scores goals then it will change? Juan Mata scores goal, important ones.”
“You expect Pogba to contribute a lot.”
“Say Antoine Griezmann comes in, then you’ve got to play him. Pogba will have to go into one of the wider areas and swap him with Martial.
“Pogba’s qualities are more central and shifting him around is the problem.”
At the end of the day, you find it hard to disagree with what Lampard is saying. We’ve been watching him for a good six months now and it’s tough to work out what he’s best at. He came in with this reputation for scoring outrageous goals from outside the box, but honestly, his better displays have come when he has been deployed a bit deeper – as it allows him to pull the strings.
You have to remember that he’s young and still learning his trade. He will only improve as a footballer and over the next few years I’ve no doubt we’ll be seeing commanding performances from him on a more consistent basis.