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Premier League 2018-19: 10 Most Valuable Players

Ben Roberts
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Top 5 / Top 10
6.30K   //    27 Mar 2019, 19:06 IST

#9 Paul Pogba (Manchester United) - £81.00m

Manchester United v Southampton FC - Premier League
Manchester United v Southampton FC - Premier League

Once a Manchester United reject, Paul Pogba has revitalised his career in dramatic fashion.

After being signed by United in 2009 from Le Havre's U19 side, Pogba gradually began to progress through the ranks, going from the U18s to the U23s, before eventually making it into the senior side by January 2012.

However, Pogba's time with the first team was one to forget. He looked out of place in the midfield and struggled to garner any sort of control of the ball at all. It was clear that he wasn't ready for Premier League football at this stage in his career, and that perhaps Sir Alex Ferguson had jumped the gun by including him at such a tender age.

By August, Paul Pogba had been shipped out to Juventus on a free transfer. Clearly, the United board felt as if they were getting rid of deadwood by offloading Pogba, but, boy, were they going to regret it within a few years.

Pogba's time with Juventus was incredible. He would go on to win two Italian Cups, two Italian Super Cups, and four Serie A titles over the course of his four seasons spent with the Old Lady. These staggering achievements were not overlooked by the top clubs in Europe, and it forced the hand of United in the summer of 2016 to get back the player they once dismissed. But it would cost them dearly.

A fee in the region of £95m was paid for Paul Pogba's return, and many fans since he rejoined have questioned whether he was actually worth all that money. Whilst he performs well sometimes, there are games where his general attitude is questionable and it provokes frustration from the fans.

Pogba's market value has dipped by around £14m since that signing almost three years ago.

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