Our readers are divided on the money Man Utd could spend on Paul Pogba, while Arsenal’s transfer policy has been branded unambitious and Liverpool’s pursuit of Georginio Wijnaldum is questioned.
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Paul Pogba – value for money?
Considering how much Juventus values Paul Pogba but is he really that good? He performed rather well for Juventus last season, scoring 9 goals and made 14 assists within 43 appearances, 2 as sub but in my opinion he hasn’t proved enough to be regarded as a world class player.
I’m not undermining the quality of the Italian Serie A but it seems like they lacked the physical aspect and with the physical presence Pogba has, he uses it as an advantage. Recently he failed to perform for France in Euro 2016 even though France did rather well in the competition. Define a world class central midfielder, Yaya Toure, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, that’s world class for me. Paul Pogba? Not yet, will he be world class? Not a guarantee. £100 million? Nowhere close.
I guess if you judge Pogba purely upon the fee Utd are allegedly preparing to pay then it’s hard to make a case for him becoming the most expensive player on the planet at this relatively early stage of his career.
However, he is certainly an excellent player with pretty much all the attributes required to be one of the world’s best. With any player purchase it really comes down to what that player is worth to the buying club.
If I were a United fan I’d be hoping that Mourinho has given this potential purchase some very serious consideration in terms of how Pogba is going to fit into the team, and not just flexed his new red credit card for a player who every big team would welcome if they could afford him.
Priorities for Liverpool
Do we really need Wijnaldum? Personally i don’t think so,we have plenty of no 10’s which is his ideal position. We need a LB & CM,those are priorities & if you push me we could do with an other forward but I don’t think Wijnaldum is the answer.
Gunners not Holding back on Rob purchase
He has only played about 30 games for the side that finished bottom of the Championship last season. The only other side who have showed any concrete interest are Bournemouth and he has cost £2million. That just shows up Wenger’s attitude to the defensive problems we have had for years. And as Jeff mentions why isn’t Chambers playing there, he cost £16million and has been turned into a reserve right back or double reserve holding midfielder. I just give up with this idiot and I’m starting to believe he is doing this on purpose
Defence worries some Arsenal fans…
You might think our defence is OK Al, I don’t. One thing is for certain though it isn’t good enough to win the PL as has been shown for the past 12 years. Wenger inherited the best back5 in the history of the PL. He was persuaded (that wouldn’t happen now) to leave it alone and let them sort themselves out. It’s that defence which was the bedrock of his successful sides. As I have mentioned before when he has had to rely on a team of HIS players with no one in the back5 from GG’s or BR’s period how many titles has he won? And yes you can concede and still win and yes you do have to score to win a game, however how many games do we win 1-0 these days, not many. Our defence lets us down time and time again against the better sides. We badly need top quality CD’s and a quality finisher, Wenger won’t do anything about either all he cares about are tippy happy midfielders. He thinks we are Barcelona MarkII, we aren’t. And one final point about our defence, I’m not convinced about Cech anymore.
…yet attack worries others
We finished 10 points off Leicester – that’s just five games that if we’d won, instead of drawing, we’d have won the title.
Again, it’s hard to say we couldn’t have won the league last season, with this same defence, when you look at the teams around us, who had the same or worse defensive records.
Leicester had Vardy, the Spuds had Kane and they were the difference. I’m not forgetting their CMs and widemen, but we ain’t to shabby in that department either.
Put it this way – if the Spuds or Leicester had a frontman as goal-shy as ours, I doubt either of them would have made the top four.
Wenger might have had a great defence for all his title wins, but he also had great strikers. You can’t win the league if your main goalscorer goes on a fifteen game run without scoring.