Leading pundit Graeme Souness has questioned whether Manchester United star Paul Pogba will ever become a world class centre-midfielder due to his lack of tactical awareness.
Speaking to Irish TV station TV3 he stated :
“When he is on the ball, there’s lots of things to admire, he’s powerful, he’s got good technique, he can wrong foot people, he can ping the ball.
“Where I question him, whether he’ll ever be a top player, is his understanding of the game.
“This isn’t me being an ex-Liverpool player caning a Man Utd player. I thought the same when he was a Juventus player.
“That is basic stuff you learn in the youth team.
“He’s 24 years old if he’s not got it now when is he gonna get it?
“He hasn’t taken a big game by the scruff of the neck and dominated it.
“He hasn’t got a basic understanding of his position, I can’t see that changing.”
Souness certainly knows a thing or two about being a top-class midfielder, having won five League Championships and three European Cups during his playing career with Liverpool.
Pogba can definitely improve the tactical and positional areas of his game, as at times he does tend to become attracted to marauding forward when sometimes, like against Arsenal last weekend when his team is two nil up, the best option is sometimes to sit in, and pick your moments to burst forward a little more wisely.
This is of course a little surprising as the France international spent three seasons playing with such tactically experienced players as Bonucci, Buffon, and Pirlo at Juventus.
However, Man United’s record-signing is still only 24 and seems keen to improve himself, so only time will tell if Souness’ opinion turns out to be correct.
Certainly playing with the likes of Nemanja Matic and working with such a tactically astute manager as Jose Mourinho can only help to iron out any kinks in the supremely talented midfielders game.