By Amir Mir
Robbie Fowler has taken a swipe at Manchester United’s £100million target Paul Pogba by claiming the midfielder is overrated and has huge problems with his own game.
Reports in the media are circulating that France international Pogba is on his way to Manchester with Jose Mourinho keen to bring him to Old Trafford.
Liverpool-born Fowler made 369 appearances for the Reds scoring 183 goals, including 162 in the Premier League in a career that spanned nine years at Anfield over two different periods.
But Fowler was highly critical of United’s potential world-record transfer for the youngster as he feels the 23-year-old has not really performed in Europe.
“Look, he must be a good player because so many people in the game speak about his qualities and you don’t get to the top in Italy without having talent,” Fowler wrote in his column for the Mirror. “But £100m? C’mon. I’m sorry, but Pogba is massively overrated.”
Pogba is currently preparing for the final of Euro 2016 in his home country which takes place on Sunday evening, but Fowler believes his price tag has not matched his performances in Europe.
“I just don’t see it. He hasn’t really stood out in Europe and most certainly not at these European Championships,” said Fowler.
“He’s done OK against pretty limited opposition for France, but what does he bring? Energy and athleticism to midfield, but so does N’Golo Kante.”
The powerful midfielder joined Italian giants Juventus on a free transfer in 2012 after a contract dispute with Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United.
He has gone on to make 149 starts for the club, 25 from the bench and has scored on 33 occasions for the Italian club.
The Juventus man scored the opening goal at the Allianz arena in the knockout stages of the Champions League last term where his side were knocked out by Bayern Munich.
But, former England international Fowler believes the hype and money surrounding the midfielder is not backed up by the amount of goals he scores.
“He’s skilful but selfish, not many goals, which for me is a fundamental problem if you’re going to spend £100m on him,” said Fowler.
“I’ll be honest, I hate speaking about United, because people always say I have an agenda. I don’t – I just have an opinion.”
Pogba has gone on to win four Serie A titles with Juve, including a runner-up Champions League medal in the 2014-15 season as his side were beaten by Spanish giants Barcelona.
His former club United have seen them fail to win the English league title since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in the 2012-13 season.
Yet, Fowler does not see the youngster performing for the club on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale do at Real Madrid.
“Can he change games and win them like Ronaldo or Messi or Suarez or Bale? The fee for those is mind-blowing, but at least it’s an obvious investment,” said Fowler.
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