As the Premier League is slowly taking shape as we move into the final match day of October, it's time to assess the players of the Premier League, and no one is being assessed more than the most expensive footballer/soccer player of all time, Paul Pogba. I said in one of my first blogs EVER (warning, pretty shitty stuff but yeah, shameless plug) he isn't worth anywhere close to the 100 million price tag put on him. As a Spurs fan, I remember seeing Gareth Bale terrorize the Premier League every weekend as he played by himself most games as he earned the right to be the world's most expensive player (until Pogba) but Pogba hasn't even shown he deserves to sniff Gareth Bale's jock strap.
By the Numbers
Paul Pogba Stats - 2015/16 (All Competitions)
Games Started: 48
In Game Sub: 3
Average Match Rating (Just for Serie A and UCL): 7.71
Can Pogba Keep up With the Premier League Competition?
The short answer is no. One of the main reasons why the Serie A is not a top three league is because how grossly unbalanced it is. When you play on Juventus, you know deep down with the team you have (and the teams around you), most games will be guaranteed wins. Which means you can focus on more challenging games like Champions League matches and the occasional derby, but like we all know by now you can't do that in the Premier League. Even last year in Serie A Paul Pogba ONLY had eight goals, and the average league position of those teams were 12.5. By these numbers, it shows that Paul Pogba maybe is so more suited for a League/Competiton that is more focused on a couple of crucial matches instead of high intensity every weekend. As we even witnessed a couple of days ago when Manchester United played against Chelsea how lost/disinterested Paul Pogba was when his team was being embarrassed by a bitter rival. I am not saying Pogba is bad but when you are on one of the powerhouses of world football (Juventus) only scoring eight goals isn't that impressive.
Is It José Mourinho's Fault?
Absolutely Fucking Not. Even though Pundits and Journalists talk about how he is being played too deep in the midfield for him to fully thrive, if a player who is worth 100 million shouldn't he be able to play more than one position? Look at Gareth Bale, for his last year at Spurs he played Left Mid, Left Wing, Central Attacking Midfielder, Center Forward, Right Mid, Right Winger and even Full Back. The Premier League has evolved, the game isn't just about skill it's about player versatility. A player who can play three or four positions is more valuable than a player who can just play one.
I know some of you might not agree with me (especially Serie A fans who don't want to admit they aren't on par with the EPL, La Liga, and the Bundesliga) but he isn't world class and has been a massive disappointment, and Manchester United fans should be beyond upset. The English Journalists like to say he's world class because since Gareth Bale and Luis Suárez left we have been waiting for more world class players to join our league (we do have some but not enough).
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