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Paul Pogba to Chelsea: FMM16 Simulation




Rightly so Paul Pogba is hot property at the moment. The 22 year old is one of the best midfielders in the World and helped guide Juventus to the Champions League final in 2015/16 and another Serie A title.  An all rounded central midfielder Pogba is exceptional in all areas of the game including passing, dribbling, shooting and tackling. He embodies every side of the game mixed with stamina and strength that makes him a real powerhouse in midfield.

After Premier League champions Chelsea's bad start to the season they are seeking a big name to kickstart their campaign. A reported £74m bid has been lodged for the French Midfielder from the London club but how will he get on in the Premier League again with The Blues?


Performance of Chelsea

The best place to start is the other signings Chelsea made. Interestingly in the summer there was only one other move and that was a £29m transfer of Ilkay Gundogan for central midfielder. In January however there were more deals as playmaker Oscar got shipped off to Arsenal for £51m! As a replacement Lazio's Lucas Biglia came in as defensive midfield cover for Nemanja Matic. Formation wise Jose Mourinho couldn't settle upon a consistent line up. The Portuguese manager favoured a 4231 at first but after the Winter Window 433 was preferred. This could have been down to the sale of Oscar and a shift to more defensive minded midfielder. However even with the rotation policy on the formation the team thrived.


Premier League:

The league was a huge success for Chelsea. With Pogba in the team they finished 1st in the league by 7 points.  Winning 29 games and only losing 5 the league campaign was concise. The club scored the second most goals in the league (78) and conceded the joint second least goals (32) but managed to pick up 3 more wins than any other club and less losses by 1.



Champions League:

An easy performance in the Champions League group stages as they finished top of the group then saw the club beat AS Roma in the Last 16. Unfortunately Premier League rivals Arsenal managed to scrape by in a local rival Quarter Final clash on away goals after a 2-2 draw.


Domestic Cups:

Arsenal got the first win of the season and what will prove to be the second time in the season. A 0-0 bore draw was decided on penalties and the Gunners took the Community Shield.


In the FA Cup it was a fifth round exit to West Bromwich Albion that was the shock of the round. A 3-2 loss saw the club crash out of the FA Cup in an eventful fashion just a week before the Capital One Cup final. It was another 3-2 game however this time Chelsea won against Manchester City in which meant in Paul Pogba's first season it was another double for The Blues.


Performance of Paul Pogba

The Frenchman had an outstanding season. 22 league starts in a heavily rotated squad was one of the highest in the team and this yielded 6 goals and 5 assists.  The goal tallies was 49th in the League and his assists were 34th most in the league. Considering Pogba played most of his season in defensive midfield before being moved up to central midfield when the 433 was introduced. With a league average rating of 7.36 he was the 36th best in the league. Cup performances were where Pogba really excelled. With 16 games played he had 7 goals and 5 assists. The player was probably one of the reasons why Chelsea won the League Cup.




Growth of Paul Pogba

At 22 Pogba isn't just an one season player. However his growth in the season has been phenomenal. A major boost in tackling was reflected by his new role and in most other technical attributes there were improvements. It saw the midfielder hit 20 in dribbling and passing with many other attributes coming close to the maximum value and others close to hitting the desired 'green attribute' level.  It is worth noting though that his value has lost £11m in the season though this is no indication of performance or attribute dropping but the opposite. It is worth noting that the rotational policy probably led to the value decline as he wasn't guaranteed a place like in the Juventus squad, yet he is classed as a key player at Chelsea as he was with Juventus.



My Opinion

For a first season the youngster was one of the most consistent players for the club. With performances from deep he was a pivotal part of the side getting 10+ goals and several assists. The influence was positive as he helped the team win the League and Capital One Cup double for the second year in a row. The growth of Pogba excelled too and made him even more of one of the World's best midfielder. At £74m it may seem steep at first but he will surely pay it back as he will be a core part of the squad for many, many years. Overall he fits straight into Chelsea's squad and even though it may mean a formation change the team will be vastly successful with Pogba.

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Nice work :) 

Pogba is a player I've grown fond of in game over the years but I can't see myself using him anymore. He's a fantastic talent and worth the money over a ten year career for sure but I can't justify paying it, you can get similar results and stats for a fraction of the price. 

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