Frank Lampard has taken a fairly strong swipe at Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
The Chelsea great criticised the £89million world-record signing on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football in the wake of a tepid performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with AFC Bournemouth.
Lampard feels the 23-year-old Frenchman is ‘not a game changer’, ‘isn’t a finished article’, ‘not fluent’ and ‘over eager’ and feels United may have overpaid Juventus for the player.
“He’s not a game changer,” said Lampard.
“It was a signal of their intentions to spend £90m on someone I would say isn’t a finished article.
“When you have a £90million price tag you wonder more.. and you’re left still thinking what player he is… he hasn’t quite delivered and he hasn’t been a game changer.
“He has potential but the problem he is… who do you spend £90m on… a [Luis] Suarez, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi. ]
“We need to wait until next season to see if he’s improving. But I do believe that is in him. If you spend £90m, you don’t want a £90m problem. I’m sure Jose Mourinho will solve it but at the moment he’s not fluent.”
Regarding Pogba’s role at United, Lampard added: “When Jose Mourinho is playing a two [central midfielders] he wants them to defend but he’s not busting a gut to get back… he realises far too late.
“My question is how much do you want him in these deep roles? For me Michael Carrick is in the team to play deep… if he’s not close enough he’s not going to get the numbers. you’ve got this player you want to get into your team but what’s the best place for him?
“I see him as eager. Maybe he’s over eager.”
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