Chelsea FC: Why Morgan Schneiderlin Is A Better Fit Than Paul Pogba


Much fuss and talking was made around the French prodigy Paul Pogba’s future. The Juventus midfielder impressed during his last two seasons as well as during the World Cup, picking up the Best Young Player Award.

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The Serie A not being as competitive on the European stages as it used to before, it is understandable that big teams from stronger leagues (read: EPL, La Liga and Ligue 1) are looking to sign the Frenchman.

Paul Pogba is young and very talented on the ball, he is a defensive midfielder with a penchant for going forward. He has a very strong foot and doesn’t tire quickly. Having played previously at Manchester United, he qualifies as home grown and thus doesn;t count twards the foreign players quota: this is a major factor that has caused the big Premier League teams (including Chelsea) to try their best to sign him.

July 4, 2014; Rio De Janeiro, BRAZIL; Germany player Sami Khedira (left) battles for the ball with France player Paul Pogba during the quarterfinal match in the 2014 World Cup at Estadio Do Maracana. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

Only problem is, Juventus are aware of all this interest in their midfielder and has put an incredible price tag on him (believed to be around €60 millions). This is a huge price that even the richest clubs are afraid to match because of the FIFA Fair Play rules. José Mourinho said it himself “We don’t need him [Pogba]”.

By comparison, Morgan Schneiderlin is equally talented in terms of defense; playing for Southampton, the Frenchman helped Koeman’s squad to push for a top 4 finish with his defensive contributions (they still hold the best defensive record in the league). Mourinho shoud really be looking to sign him because his defensive minded approach would be a perfect fit next to Nemanja Matic.

“‘Since then I have had discussions with the leaders and I want to play at the highest level: it is important at 25 years old to finally know the Champions League”

Schneiderlin is 25, home-grown, and has a better understanding of English football than his compatriot playing in the Serie A. He is way cheaper and is craving for Champions League football. Only Arsenal are supposedly interested in signing him.

He was the man of the match against Chelsea FC earlier in March, keeping them at bay and tactically, he works like Nemanja Matic. Pairing the two together in the midfield would make Chelsea FC even mightier than it already is, allowing Fabregas to fill the number 10 position and springing the whole team on counter on even more occasions. He is a better defender than Ramires and Fabregas, but better at going forward than Mikel. Mourinho should move for him this summer should Southampton not manage a top-four finish (which is likely to happen).

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