French midfielder Paul Pogba has given his take on the heavy levels of criticism he feels that he is subjected to by various fans and media members.
Paul Pogba managed to bag himself the winning goal during his French side’s narrow win over Australia in their opening World Cup fixture and yet, in the game’s direct aftermath – it was he again who seemed to come under a lot of fire.
Sure, the goal was later ruled as an own-goal after the VAR revealed that Pogba didn’t get the last touch but even before then when the goal was his, he was left with the brunt of the criticism after a patchy French performance.
It seems to be the case everytime Pogba doesn’t blow minds on the pitch and a recent interview in which he spoke to French sports publication Telefoot, he gave his take on the criticism he seems to receive every week:
“It seems I have less right than others to make mistakes.
“It’s funny. I went from the biggest transfer in the world, to the most criticised player in the world. The critics will always be there. That’s football.
“When I was little with my friends, we always used to take the piss out of each other, saying ‘you were good, you were bad.’
“It’s what happens on every football pitch and I treat the criticism now like I did when I was playing on the block as a kid.
“I’m out there having fun and that’s the only answer I can give to all those people who criticise me or think I am this or that. It’s not a big deal. Everybody has opinions.”
While it is true that Pogba performs under heavy expectations for both club and country, I think it’s also fair to say that he – like any young, stylish footballer who isn’t cut from the same cloth as his predecessors – will have to let his football do the talking.
With clear talent and a huge price tag to match it, the pressure has been on Pogba for some time now and while sure, there are some instances of pundits and fans alike being overly harsh on him, rising above those criticisms will be essential if he is to realise his undoubted potential.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena