Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes Paul Pogba will become one of the best players in the Premier League.
The Frenchman, who signed for Manchester United over the summer, has received a barrage of criticism for his performances since arriving at Old Trafford.
Alan Shearer, following Man United’s 4-0 humiliation at Stamford Bridge last Sunday, claimed that Pogba has not, in any way, justified his £89m price tag during the early stages of his time under Jose Mourinho.
Wright, on the other hand, has taken a more optimistic view of the 23-year-old.
“Paul Pogba is a top-class player, no question,” he wrote.
“He showed it in some of his early games for Manchester United, like his debut against Southampton.
“But since then, he has not stood out often enough and you can forgive United supporters if they expected a little bit more.
“Yes he got two goals against Fenerbahce, but what about the big games against Liverpool and Chelsea? You want your top players to show up on those occasions.
“There’s no way I would look to leave Pogba out, though.
“I believe it won’t be long before things click for Pogba and he becomes one of the best players in the league. It’s just a case of using him the right way.”
In a season characterised by both storming performances and woeful displays, Pogba has been perhaps the most frustrating element of the Mourinho era.
This is not, like many would think, because the Frenchman has been substandard in the eyes of this country’s sensationalist media. It is because, in similar fashion to Angel di Maria a couple of years ago, Pogba has shown flashes of his unequivocal talent. These episodes are normally embedded in the general fabric of the game: a beautiful touch; a pin-point pass; a turn that takes two players out of the game. The brilliance is there, but refuses to place itself at the foreground of Pogba’s performances so far.
Once Mourinho finally carves out his desired XI, though, with the 23-year-old placed in the right position, alongside an appropriate midfield partner, he could be, as Wright predicts, truly special.