Juventus have announced the arrival of Paul Pogba as their second signing of the summer transfer window. This marks his second stint with the Italian club after he left Manchester United earlier this month.
What Paul Pogba Can Bring to Juventus
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The Serie A giants have now signed Pogba for the second time in his career and both times he’s arrived as a free agent. The Frenchman let his contract with the Red Devils expire and decided to make a return to Turin to take care of unfinished business at the club.
Pogba has also decided to take a pay cut to join the Italian club, who could not afford the kind of wages that United were paying him. The 29-year-old will receive a £6.8 million-a-year salary and has also received a £2.1 million signing-on bonus for joining the Italian side.
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Juventus have also confirmed that the French midfielder will be wearing their esteemed number ten jersey from next season. That number became available after Argentine forward Paulo Dybala left the Serie A side once his contract with them expired at the end of last season.
Pogba’s Ideal Role at Juventus
If his jersey number is any indication, then it’s safe to assume that Pogba will play in a more advanced midfield role for Juventus next season.
He will probably be positioned just behind striker Dusan Vlahovic. Pogba thrives in a more advanced role where he can have the freedom to dictate the tempo of his team’s game. He can, of course, play in a deeper midfield role in which he tends to create moves from closer to the halfway line.
But Pogba has not been roped in to play a reduced role with the Bianconeri. If Massimiliano Allegri opts to line up his side in a 3-5-2 formation, Pogba will probably be given the leverage to play the furthest forward for any midfielder. If in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation, he can play as a traditional playmaker to be the major creative force for Juventus.
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What Can Paul Pogba Bring to the Team?
Juventus had a really hard time scoring goals in Serie A last season. They only scored 57 goals in 38 matches, the second-lowest for any top-ten team at the end of the season. As a result, they failed to win many games and ended up drawing ten times in the campaign.
A lot of their goal-scoring problems were not only linked to a lack of scorers but creative outlets too. Dybala was tasked to score more goals than he could create and Vlahovic scored nine goals after arriving in January. The likes of Manuel Locatelli, Weston McKennie and Denis Zakaria were all tough, hard-working midfielders but lacked that special creative spark.
Pogba will be able to fix that gaping hole in Juve’s playing style. The Frenchman is a gifted midfielder in terms of creating chances from open play. His impressive vision allows him to play the king of long balls or perfectly placed passes to break open defences which not many else can.
Even in a troubled, injury-plagued season for United last season, the French midfielder still managed to get nine assists in the Premier League. No Juventus player was able to get nine assists in Serie A last season. Pogba will help create more major scoring chances and should serve up a lot of chances for a goal machine like Vlahovic to pounce on.
The French midfielder should also make things easier for some other teammates. Pogba’s passing range and ability to help his teammates should rub off positively on the exciting Federico Chiesa and new signing Angel di Maria. The Frenchman should help glow up Juve’s attack and make them more entertaining to watch.