Discussions over the development of Paul Pogba have become a recurring topic of discussion for the Man United fans in the Transfer Tavern of late.
Paul Pogba arrived in Manchester with a huge reputation in 2016 after setting Serie A alight with some dazzling performance at the heart of Juventus’ midfield. Despite the fact United allowed Pogba to leave on a free transfer in 2012, they made the controversial decision to sign him back from The Old Lady for a fee believed to be in the region of £94.5 million. Enormous expectations always arrive in tandem with an enormous price tag, and so far it seems that the French international has failed to satisfy those expectations with his performances.
So far this season Pogba has managed to provide 10 assists and score 3 goals from central midfield during his 25 appearances in all-competitions. His record is commendable, but by no means seasonal just yet. Pogba has been heavily criticised in the media for his tendency to go missing when United need him most, and due to his inability to play as part of a deep-lying midfield pairing alongside Nemanja Matic.
With that being said, Jose Mourinho should consider signing a new central midfielder who would enable him to establish a system which allows for Pogba to play with the level of freedom he requires to produce his greatest form. According to The Daily Mirror, Mourinho has already identified a midfield target to pursue in the transfer window next summer, namely Lazio’s rising talent Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (valued at £49.5 million by Transfermarkt).
The Serbian international stock has significantly risen this season due to his instrumental performances at the heart of Lazio’s midfield this season. Milinkovic-Savic has 9 goals and 3 assists from 24 Serie A appearances so far this season, but it’s his overall ability to influence the game at both ends of the pitch that has really caught the attention of Europe’s heavyweight clubs.
The 22-year-old is comfortable playing in defensive and attacking midfield roles, and his versatility in this regard could help to ease the defensive burden on Pogba in a three-man midfield. Although it would take some time for Mourinho to develop an appropriate system, it should be possible for Milinkovic-Savic and Pogba to harness their full potential in the final-third without compromising their defensive duties as part of a midfield-three including Nemanja Matic.
Milinkovic Savic’s arrival at Old Trafford would undoubtedly be a massive boost to everybody involved with the club – not least to Paul Pogba – so Mourinho should do everything he can to secure the signature of this highly sought-after midfielder next summer.