Three reasons why Chelsea need Paul Pogba
Three reasons why defending Premier League champions Chelsea should target Paul Pogba this summer
1) Relieve pressure
Nemanja Matic was one of the Premier League’s finest players last season, making the increasingly tough defensive midfield role look easy as he broke up moves from all 19 of Chelsea’s competitors. Alongside him, Cesc Fabregas was one of the league’s best creative minds and the two complemented each other perfectly. Things are different this season, however, as they look to have been found out and the options to replace them are not quite title-winning material. The arrival of Paul Pogba is exactly what is needed to relieve the pressure on Matic, who is currently expected to be here there and everywhere while Fabregas is being increasingly suffocated as he attempts to distribute from the base of midfield. A box-to-box battering ram, Pogba would give two of Chelsea’s star performers a well-deserved breather in taking charge of possession as well as adding a further energetic body to the defensive unit.
2) Fresh impetus
Not only would this style of play assist his own team in maintaining their shape for longer periods, it would also offer the Blues a fresh point of attack if Pogba can terrorise English defences similarly to how he does in Italy. The £60m-valued fan idol has just been allocated the famous number 10 jersey, but Chelsea should have the firepower and the promise of success to be able to lure in players of Pogba’s credentials. He would be an ideal signing for Jose Mourinho; one that would refresh his thus-far stagnant attack and offer the necessary support to his aging back line as well as the exciting prospect of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Diego Costa up front. Linking the two currently isolated areas of the pitch has to be a top priority for Mourinho, and Pogba is just the man to bridge the gap.
3) Positive shuffling
If the 22-year-old were to agree to a Stamford Bridge move, we would likely see playmaker Fabregas pushed increasingly farther forward, making for a devastatingly impressive midfield full of balance, control and versatility. While it could mean restricted starts for Oscar or Willian, it would allow for the side to adapt to numerous game plans and shed their tag of dull defensive performers. It would allow a firmness that gives Fabregas the license to push forward and credit him with the intelligence to sit back when necessary, which is his natural style. Coupled with Pogba shifting the ball from defence to attack, pushing Fabregas forward allows Chelsea the much sought-after ability to loosen the shackles on their wingers and become a more prolific attacking unit.