4 Skills That Midfielders Can Learn From Paul Pogba
You know the name, you know the price tag, as the world waited and wondered, hungry with anticipation, and rife with speculation on what it would mean if Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United to rejoin the team that let him go as a promising young teenager.
When the transfer went through in August, the red half of Manchester went mad with joyous optimism and newly found self-belief that the glory of yesteryear was was set to return.
Here are 4 skills that make Paul Pogba one of the game's most promising midfielders.
1. Rare Technical Promise
Paul Pogba has developed outstanding technical ability during his young journeyman career: he has an exquisite first-touch, brilliant ability with the ball at his feet, fantastic passing range, and a unique game intelligence for a player who is only 23 years old.
As a technician, there aren't many better than Pogba, and when you consider his age, the thought of how he might develop over the course of the next few years is exciting to any fan of the game.
2. Ball-Striking Ability
Pogba isn't called 'Pogboom' for nothing, he is renowned for his talented long-distance shooting and brilliant ball-striking ability.
Few players in the game can unleash such a lethal shot as United's newest superstar, and the threat he poses from outside the 18-yard box can serve to unsettle even the most experienced defenders and goalkeepers.
Having a player that can trouble a goalie from distance is a unique arrow to have in a team's quiver, and Pogba broke the mold when it comes to a multifaceted attacking threat, his ability to rip a ball under the crossbar is menacing to any opposing manager and team.
3. Incredible Vision
France's rising talent is also known for his otherworldly ability to pick a pass, he is known for hitting 60-yard diagonal balls on dime, threading through-balls through the eye of a needle, and finding teammates with no look connections that make even the most old school of players and coaches sit back and revel in his prowess.
Pogba has cultivated that mind's-eye vision that the only the very best seem to possess, and at times it's as though he has eyes in the back of his head.
Make no doubt about it, Paul Pogba, the world's most expensive player, has that special something that sets him apart from other players.
Pogba has the x-factor, the game intelligence and understanding that is both tangible and undefinable, an essence and energy that allows him to slow the game down around him, and play at his own pace.
Players like Pogba only come around once in a lifetime, so not matter what Club or Country you support, we can all agree that the young Frenchman is one of the world's most promising midfielders.
Here's a nice video clip of some of Pogba's brilliance, so sit back and enjoy the magic: