When the press started linking Juventus to then-Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, I wasn't really sure what all the fuss was about. To be completely honest, I didn't know much about him. It's not like I spend a lot of my time watching English Premier League teams and their reserve matches.
I guess going into the Paul Pogba Experience blind worked out pretty well, huh?
At 19 years of age, Pogba is showing Sir Alex Ferguson what he's missing. Sure, that makes the young Frenchman's performances in his first Juve season just that much more enjoyable. But even taking that part out of it, Pogba has been a fantastic addition to the Juventus squad.
It's hard to believe that a kid — yes, he's still a kid — has been one of the biggest revelations in Italy this season. And it's even harder to believe that Pogba's skills were never truly given an opp
But I don't mind. Manchester United's loss has been Juventus' gain. And judging by what Pogba said a few days ago, it will only continue to be that way.
Just think about this: Pogba is doing things in Serie A and the Champions League at an age where few players in Italy are given genuine opportunities. How many times have we seen players in their late teens and early 20s either still in the primavera or loaned out to lower division teams to get playing time?
Instead, Pogba is doing all of this on Italy's best team and one that is just 90 minutes away from being in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Not bad, not bad at all.
Have I mentioned yet that Pogba won't be 20 years old for another two weeks?
And did I mention he came over on a free transfer?
Yeah, that's pretty freaking awesome.