Imagine a field full of footballers. Now, instead of a ball, there is a microphone and, like an Aa (alcoholic anonymous) meeting, each player has to introduce himself before he talks.
Pogba is up. He starts by saying, “Hi, my name is Paul Pogba. I’m a footballer.” You get the drift?
Midfield players, in times past, have been compared to almost anything in sight. You name it! As a midfielder, you could be a rock (Makalele Kante), a Bentley (well Bentley) or even a magician (Ronaldinho, Zidane).
Speaking of midfielders being magicians, apparently, there appears to be a new breed of magicians. I’m not talking pulling a rabbit out of a hat or some fancy trick that captivates the audience. I’m talking the disappearing acts, mastery of illusion type of thing, the “now you see me, now you don’t” type of magic.
In the famous words of a wise old professor (ahem Wenger), if you cost 100million, you better be able to play the value. Has Pogba shown the value, even in flashes? NO? If you’re a player bought for a world record fee, you better play like Ronaldo or, at least win two Champions League trophies in three years.
You better settle in and don’t be a source of joy to opposition fans. You better score week in week out and not have more hairstyles than goals. You had better help the team win and not be compared to a dabbing Seyi Olofinjana. You’d better be on course to be the world’s best and not the world’s most expensive joke. You’d better help your team win and not be missing in matches.
You can’t cost 6 Eric Diers, 8 Charlie Austins, 4.5 Gundogans, 186 Riyad Mahrezs’, 14 Casemieros, 4 Toni Kroos, 8 Nampalys Mendys, a hundred Jamie Vardys’, 3 N’golo Kantes and still not be able to lace Joe Allen’s boot at the moment… It’s preposterous. It’s disgraceful. It’s abysmal!
You are the world most expensive player, the button of jokes. You become anonymous in games and have no meaningful impact whatsoever. The only real contribution is the amount you have made for United in short sales. That’s Pogba.
Juventus must be very happy with this piece of business, and this is what I call the real Italian job. Replacing Pogba with a player that has already scored 3 goals in 3 games (Higuain if you’re wondering).
I love football. No I’m not a United fan but, when a player is valued a hundred million, he better make me feel privileged to watch football, lucky to be alive to watch him play. Sadly, Pogba has insulted all these. He might get better but, as a Liverpool fan, I hope not.
Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola
Rotimi Daramola aka Papi the Great is the owner of ForTheGoal.
A freelance sports writer who focuses on football, Rotimi is also a freelance writer, a copywriter and a football analyst who regularly appears on radio and television to talk football. You can follow him on twitter @papi_thegreat to keep up with his writings, engage him and also find out about how you can secure his writing services.