Euro 2016's Top 50 Players: Number 5 Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

The Juventus star will be one of France's key players at the tournament.


- Juventus' Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring

Paul Pogba will be a key figure in France's opening group games against Romania, Albania and Switzerland.

HITC writers have compiled a list of the top 50 players at Euro 2016, assessing players from the 24 countries taking part at this summer's tournament.

Coming in at number 5 is France and Juventus star Paul Pogba.

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International record: 29 Caps, 5 Goals

2015/16: Paul Pogba, 23, has been in outstanding form for club and country this season. He played a pivotal role in Juventus' incredible run to their fifth consecutive Serie A league title. Many were surprised with the Old Lady's sluggish start to the campaign, but their fortunes soon changed as they embarked on a run of 25 wins from 27 games, helped greatly my Pogba's sublime form. The former Manchester United youngster appeared in 35 Serie A games for Juve, scoring eight goals and providing 12 assists, and the Turin outfit eventually won the league by nine points.

Juventus' Paul Pogba jumps for the ball

Pogba has been the target of intense transfer speculation over the last two seasons with many of the Premier League's elite clubs interested in bringing him to English shores. His prodigious talent combined with his young age will ensure that if a move were to come to fruition, it would certainly be accompanied by an enormous transfer fee.

His game would be ideal for a team such as Arsenal, but whether they could afford the transfer fee and wages is another story. A more likely destination would be Manchester City, where his work-rate and impeccable technique would be the perfect fit for Pep Guardiola's system. Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid cannot be ruled out either, with both their midfield's ageing, and Zinedine Zidane expected to overhaul his squad over the summer. Pogba's game and physical nature would be more suited to the Premier League, however, and what a fantastic addition he would be to the English game.

Juventus' Patrice Evra, Paul Pogba and Carlos Tevez parade the Italian Cup before the match

What can we expect?

Standing at 6 ft 3 in, Pogba has the frame to impose himself physically on a game, but what makes him so special is the technique he possesses to go along with the physical side of his game. It is highly likely he will be selected as a starter by Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps. One of the strings to Pogba's bow is his versatility - he is equally as comfortable playing in a more defensive role as he is in an attacking one.

If Pogba does feature in every game, which he surely will, there will be a tremendous amount of pressure on his young shoulders. The home support will be highly expectant of success, and the bookmakers have placed France as pre-tournament favourites. With the absence of Karim Benzema from the French squad, Pogba will take on a lead role, and although he isn't captain, he will be expected to lead by example and fire Les Bleus to their third European Championship success.

Juventus' Paul Labile Pogba (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Bologna

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