Sunday January 20 2013
The Pogba Paradigm

With his two stunning goals and humble reaction, Paul Pogba sums up why Juventus are still Scudetto favourites, argued Susy Campanale.

The stage was set for Juventus to drop points in Turin, as they welcomed an on-form Udinese, but more importantly were without stars such as Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Kwadwo Asamoah and Giorgio Chiellini. Would they suffer another upset and prove how much they need old midfield hands? Instead, the Old Lady flourished by giving attention to a very young man, 19-year-old Paul Pogba.

A star was truly born on Saturday evening under the snow, white flakes falling on to the curiously bleached Mohican. Maybe it was the go-faster stripes on his head, but the French teen seemed to be going at a different pace to everyone around him. That’s not to mention the pace of the ball that he smacked in off the underside of the crossbar, which was clocked at 101km/h. Yet Pogba isn’t afraid to slow down, as straight after netting a fantastic brace he quite happily accepted a likely return to the bench next time out.

Pogba is the perfect representation of why Juventus are still the Scudetto favourites. He is the ultimate strength in depth, the kind of player who can be introduced at any moment and ensure the first choice figures are not missed. He also arrived on a free transfer from Manchester United, matching Pirlo in terms of a spectacular bargain.

Juve fans had nothing to fear against Udinese, because Antonio Conte and co have planned for these eventualities by investing in talented players while keeping the books balanced. That is The Pogba Paradigm.

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Have your say...
Next Season I think our midfield should be Asamoah, Pogba and Vidal. I think Pirlo will have to be used mainly as a substitute and I would sell Marchisio. I like Claudio but I feel he is a bit lightweight, he coasts through a lot of games and he is not going to get better than he is now. Asamoah is wasted at wing-back, he should be played in his natural position. A midfield of Asamoah, Pogba and Vidal would be so powerful and dynamic and run all over teams at home and abroad.
on the 31st January, 2013 at 6:30pm
Pogba's a talent. Juve's the right place for him to develop his game. I think a world class striker and an in-form Pepe is what we need now as we may have to rebuild this team in 2-3years from now.
on the 27th January, 2013 at 11:34am
pogba is a fantastic player he has the pace the talent the strenght to do well in seriaA.
on the 24th January, 2013 at 3:06pm
As a Juve fan - I am very VERY happy and excited with Pogba's play thus far, as well as his potential.
on the 22nd January, 2013 at 3:08pm
to anonymous juve gave man utd 400000 euro as a compensation for his training that's all i dunno where you got your figures from. And people claiming that pogba has the same characteristic of pirlo that's not true at all and no one can come close to pirlo. As for signing striker i believe we should get more talented midfielders and i vote for isco from malaga
on the 21st January, 2013 at 2:12am
Pogba will have to learn fast as clubs are getting too used to Prilo's moves juve are planning to change tactics sometimes Bonnucci Comes out with the ball and sometimes pirlo is replaced with pogba from first half, fantastic! Regarding raiola juve will keep any player they want whenever they want and pogba will not be different.
on the 20th January, 2013 at 9:54pm
Definitely a future world class player in the making. Superb skill and strength for a young man. Hope he gets more chances, especially in league and coppa
on the 20th January, 2013 at 4:44pm
Great to see Serie A add another world class youngster, although as a Parma tifoso I wish he hadn't gone to Juve. I've read a lot lately about Sir Alex's aversion to fielding obviously talented but young players. All in all I am very pleased to see these new guys in the league, as the quality will be rising every year now. Our chances in Champion League competition keeps improving,too. FORZA ITALIA!
on the 20th January, 2013 at 4:25pm
The thing with Pogba is that he's terrific in the Pirlo role. Holding up the ball, distributing it and dictating tempo. When you put him in the role of Vidal or Marchisio, he gets a little lost.

Conte will have to decide whether Pirlo always has a starting role in that spot, or should Pogba open in some games, potentially important ones?
on the 20th January, 2013 at 4:01pm
Excellent buy from Man U, talented and promosing youngster..
on the 20th January, 2013 at 3:43pm
As much as people critize Marotta for not bringing in a top striker & signing (insert #facepalm) Nicklas Bendtner on loan, he deserves a lot of credit for the bargains he brought to the club.

Among the cheap & free players that Marotta brought in, Pogba has to be the best young player he has signed. 4 goals in 13 appearances for the club, not bad for a part time midfielder.

Now if rumors are true that Juve signed Llorente for free, I hope he proves me wrong on my perception of Spanish players
on the 20th January, 2013 at 3:36pm
Susy, you know that Juve gave Man Utd €1m as an act of goodwill, right?
on the 20th January, 2013 at 3:09pm
And yet again, this is a no-objectivity Susy blog.

Stop writing about Juve because you are much better when you put the word "Scandal" in the title when it comes to Juve.
on the 20th January, 2013 at 3:04pm
Awesome stuff from the young man. However I don't believe he's a first team player just yet. He first needs consistency - like all top team players. Too often I have found him somewhat lazy and sloppy in games - the game against Parma last week was a good example. Saying that, assuming he continues on his current trajectory, he will surely end up being one of the best midfield generals in the world.
on the 20th January, 2013 at 2:41pm
The most impressive feature was the humility displayed by the boy.even he would agre that he is no Pirlo yet!!! Once the lad grows as a player I suspect he could be phenomenal. Great piece of business by Marotta. 30 Sul Campo.
on the 20th January, 2013 at 2:05pm
....Lets hope, this is a sign of things to come????!
on the 20th January, 2013 at 1:28pm
Pity his agent is riaola who will probably force the kid to move for big money but their is slight hope as nedved had him as an agent as well but still stayed loyal to juve after calciopoli. Up to the dude I guess but that agent will cause a lot of problems.

O well great to know juve have given the platform to the guy and he'll probably stay for a little while before he potentially does move. Pirlo will be moved aside for him to develop more and that might tempt the lad to stay at juve longer
on the 20th January, 2013 at 1:25pm
Pogba performance last night was outstanding considering the dudes only a teenager . Such a physical beast in the air and at holding the ball up.

Oh and That silky touch and control of his not to mention he's scored left and right footed goals already this season .

Simply a superstar in the making who will only get better. A drogba in midfield lol .
Juve what business you did!
on the 20th January, 2013 at 1:20pm

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