Who Needs Paul Pogba When We’ve Got Capoue?
Posted by Sean Walker | Published on September 18, 2016
Earlier today Watford got their second consecutive win as The Hornets saw off Manchester United in a 3-1 result at Vicarage Road. Etienne Capoue was amongst the goal scorers for Watford, and once again, Pogba was not for The Red Devils.
But this was not the case last season; in fact, it was quite the opposite. Watford fans were desperate for him to grab his first goal for the club, but for some reason or another, that goal eluded him. Nonetheless, Capoue had a respectable season and played a big role in Watford’s survival in the league.
After grabbing himself two goals in pre-season, Capoue finally got his second Premier League goal ever (his first with the Hertfordshire-based club), on the opening day of the 2016/2017 Premier League season against Southampton away. He has managed to keep up form in front of goal scoring against Southampton, Chelsea, West Ham and Manchester United in that order.
Why is this? Well, despite being a holding midfielder in a 3-5-2 formation, he is given more freedom to go forward with five defenders at the back when not in possession, and with Valon Behrami next to him who can cover. So getting in more attacking positions with his brilliant finishing will bring goals.
So what’s the problem with Pogba?
It is hard to tell Pogba is the world’s most expensive player. Today Paul Pogba was totally invisible, like he has been for every game he’s played in whilst wearing a Manchester United shirt. Think his best moment in a United shirt was his shot from 25 odd yards that hit the bar. But Pogba didn’t let that moment motivate him in any way. There was no difference in his performance – he went back to being invisible on the pitch – and later confronting Watford skipper Troy Deeney to earn himself a yellow card.
The dynamic midfielder clearly has world-class ability, but Pogba is trying to do too much too quickly. With his hairstyle just as erratic has his passing, he should focus on putting in solid and hardworking performances, rather than the below-average and lethargic performances he has been putting in.