Monday, August 8th, 2016

Why Paul Pogba’s 100 million pound tag does not impress Graeme Souness

Narada Desk | August 8, 2016 2:44 pm Print
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness is not impressed with Manchester United going over board in its attempt to rope in French mid- fielder Paul Pogba
(150808) -- SHANGHAI, Aug. 8, 2015 (Xinhua) -- Paul Pogba (L) of Juventus vies for the ball during the Italian Super Cup final football match against Lazio in Shanghai, east China, on Aug. 8, 2015. Juventus won the final 2-0. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)

Manchester United are keen to get French star Paul Pogba and for that they are willing to put a heavy amount.  But Man U’s desire to bag Pogba  has not impressed many . Liverpool football legend Graeme Souness  was of the  view   that the French international is not worth the price tag quoted by his current club Juventus.

The 63-year-old former central midfielder was a legend in the great Liverpool sides of the early 1980s and also tasted life in Serie A as he played two years for Sampdoria, and he does not think that the Juventus star is yet to mature into a world class player.

“For 100 million pound, you expect the finished article, a game-changer. Paul Pogba’s not that. He has the potential to be a top midfield player, but that still wouldn’t put him in that price bracket,” Souness was quoted as saying by The Times on Sunday.

“I see a decent all-round midfielder with some fancy footwork. I understand why Manchester United are buying him, but I question the price.”

The former Scotland player and manager cited the 23-year-old’s failure to impose himself on the big stage as justification for his comments.

“He was unconvincing at Euro 2016. You can get caught up in what a wonderful athlete he is but he ain’t going to be Luis Suarez, getting 40 goals a season,” he said.

“I’ve seen him live for Juventus in a European Cup final and semi-final against Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively and haven’t seen him getting hold of a game by the scruff of the neck,” the former Tottenham Hotspur star said.