3. Deep-lying playmaker
Pogba has all the technical attributes to evolve into an outstanding deep-lying playmaker. The Frenchman’s passing range, in particular, is remarkable and envied by his contemporaries. He can play every pass in the book and make even the trickiest of techniques look so annoyingly effortless.
However, Pogba’s lack of defensive fundamentals combined with his struggles against well-oiled pressing sides meant he never excelled in a deeper role in the Premier League.
On the international scene, Pogba has performed well as part of a double pivot due to the time he’s afforded on the ball and some have speculated that he’ll shine from a deeper position in Italy. However, while Serie A is a slower pace compared to the Premier League, the archetypal new-age Italian coach means high, man-oriented pressing has become commonplace in the Italian top flight.
Thus, Pogba must become more press resistant and defensively astute if he’s to perform a deeper role for Allegri. There’s a reason why the wily Italian boss was keen to deploy the Frenchman as high up the pitch as he possibly could once he succeeded Antonio Conte in 2014.