Part of the consistent narrative surrounding Paul Pogba’s time at Manchester United has been how the current head coach can reproduce the best form of the midfielder seen for his nation.
If you have the time to watch Pogba’s performances for France over this international break then it is very likely your time will be well spent. Pogba is transformed under Didier Deschamps into the elite creative midfielder many hype up the 28-year-old to be, where at Old Trafford brief spells of excellence are hampered by periods of forgettable form and questions over his best role.
How to “unlock” Pogba at Manchester United has become as difficult to answer as Doctor Who?
The latest transfer gossip as the unwelcome halt of the international break arrives is that the Blues are interested in RB Leipzig’s French winger Christopher Nkunku. Coming from German publication Bild via Sport Witness, Chelsea have joined Real Madrid and Manchester City in the chase for Nkunku.
The 23-year-old has started this season under Jesse March on top form, hitting nine goals and registering six assists in only 10 games.
Thomas Tuchel has a history with Nkunku whilst at the Parc Des Princes before PSG sold him to Leipzig in 2019 on a five-year deal.
CareFreeChelsea’s own Jake Stokes delved into this rumour, linking the fact that not only does Tuchel have previous ties to Nkunku but Timo Werner does given they played together during Werner’s final season in Germany where he netted 28 Bundesliga goals.
Stokes noted how “the pair spent over 2,000 minutes of game time together on the field and directly contributed to one another seven times in 38 games across all competitions.
Three of which all came at once in Leipzig’s rampant 8-0 thrashing of Mainz, as Werner netted twice from Nkunku assists before the Blues striker returned the favour, showing how the Frenchman could finally unlock the German’s true goal-scoring potential.”
Although appearing like sound logic, this flaw of wanting players to solve current ones form is a fool’s game as Manchester United know well. Pogba’s involvement in the team has meant many seasons have been spent looking for players to complement him which at times may have led the Manchester club to neglect other key areas.
It also is not a brilliant long-term strategy either with Pogba’s contract running down, there is a general belief the midfielder will leave for free in 2022 and likely join French giants PSG in the most predictable transfer ever.
At times it has felt like Pogba’s presence has caused more issues tactically than solutions for Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjær, in particular with no midfielder of the calibre of N’Golo Kante to compliment Pogba’s creative traits when he ventures forward.
Werner, for all of the goodwill shown by Chelsea supporters, is not a star the Blues can afford to focus their transfer efforts around. This is not like Eden Hazard, whose genius required accommodating and providing a platform to best succeed. The arrival of Romelu Lukaku has already brought up the comparison to Werner’s success with Yussuf Poulsen at Leipzig and how Tuchel can utilise both in a striking pair.
That should be enough for Werner to succeed, if he does not then Chelsea should be bold enough to reconsider their attacking options rather than desperately scramble to find players to become mere facilitators for others.
This all brings back memories of the desperation to help Fernando Torres during his struggles at Chelsea – in particular when Rafael Benitez arrived in 2012 who had got the best out of Torres during his time at Liverpool. Torres never found that form again, no matter the coach, formation or personnel surrounding him.
For a club as pressurised and short-term as Chelsea you need players who can survive a variety of circumstances, different regimes and style changes. If Werner is good enough, he will make it at Stamford Bridge and with the quality of attackers currently around him, that should be enough for Tuchel to work with.
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Source by Football London