Of the names actually mentioned in the article I’d agree with the Pogba decision the most but even then I’m iffy. My only thing is that he is yet to fully convince me in any big game I’ve seen him in. Hopefully that changes soon. As Gab Marcotti said he has all the tools you want in a player and he plays in the engine room. At 23, he’s younger than Kroos and Griezmann and will likely always be ahead of Weigl and Alli in terms of quality and experience.
That being said, Neymar was the first name that came to my mind. He’s just one year older than Pogba and has already won so much. He’s probably not captain material but he can be a leader and provide that winning mentality from the front. He still has maturing to do, they both do, but he’s already proven himself in terms of big games. True, he’s had Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta to help him out but Pogba hasn’t had any slouches around him.
Further evidence that there has to be some element of luck in how great players eventually make their way to the top. The start is never easy. Could be a million more Griezmann’s who never got the chance that he did. Obviously this takes nothing away from what he has become, his talent, coaching and work ethic played the biggest part in that. If he hadn’t been spotted then and had been spotted later or was rejected by a few more clubs would he be as good of a player or even be a player at all?
Two good players here. I think Lacazette is more likely to leave but I wouldn’t be surprised if they both stay at their clubs. France has the talent. Will they be able to make the most of it when hosting Euro 2016?
Kind of shows how good a manager Diego Simeone really is. I thought Antoine Griezmann would continue playing out wide as he did with Real Sociedad but some of his best performances have come as a forward. Interesting to see how that progresses.