Paul Pogba urged to step up and show his abilities ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been urged by France and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to step up and become a leader. This is something that will not only work for the 25-year-old this summer for France in the FIFA World Cup but it is something that both Jose Mourinho and United supporters would echo. Pogba, who signed for United from Juventus, an £89.3 million move almost two years ago now has seen criticism come his way for a lack of both leadership and consistency.

Pogba is mature enough to be an influential figure for both club and country. The Frenchman was brought back to United to finish what was started before he left for Juventus on a free on the expiry of his contract in 2012 but in reality, he’s not lived up to expectations, has been criticised for not doing what he was asked when playing in a midfield two, leaving the entire squad to fill in for him when he was out of position, which was disappointing to see.

Pogba is a talented and able player and since injury to the clubs other midfielders quelled, Pogba has been able to play to his strengths, playing on the left of a midfield three, the majority of the time with Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, the Frenchman able to get forward and link up the attack. Playing this way against Manchester City in April saw Pogba score a brace to level the game, putting in the best performance I have seen from him at United. Last season, Pogba scored six goals, assisting a further 11. Lloris, as reported by The Mirror, said:

“Paul is no longer a young player. He has collected experience with his club and with the national team. He has this desire to shine with the French national team. Will he be the boss? That’s a strong word, but a leader is what is expected of him on and off the field.”

At times this season, Pogba was in the headlines for his multiple hairstyles, seemingly having more of them than good performances for his club. Then his presence on social media seemed to hold more importance than his performances, at times, which is something that needs to be evaluated. A footballer who is good on the pitch is one who will attain attention off of it. Lloris, who has been part of France’s plans since Pogba started playing for his country, feels that his talent can shine through and help him kick on in the game.

Pogba has played 52 times for his country and despite being untouchable at times, he has had many disappointing performances for his country. Lloris, concluded his thoughts about Pogba, talking about his talent and the label that seems to be affixed to him. Pogba’s season at United ended with him playing much better than he started. This coming season, if he still remains at United, he will need to start as the player we all know he can be. Perhaps a successful World Cup could be the driving factor for him.

“He has a lot of talent and that label has stuck with him since the beginning. He has had a very good season, although people still debate it. As a football player and as a football fan, I think he had a very good season. He is reaching maturity and he wants to do well. But it’s also important that he focuses on his individual performance. This is the best way, to lead by example.”

Pogba has the strength, belief, and talent to silence his doubters. This should have been something he did this season. Against Manchester City, he showed what he can do but after that game, the consistency just was not there when it needed to be, which saw his critics slating him again. We all know what Paul Pogba can do. He has shown this time and time again at Juventus. For £89.3 million, United need to be seeing more of the player they brought to the club, not the one he has become.

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