Former Premier League striker Peter Crouch has backed Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to thrive in a more advanced role in midfield for the club.
The former Liverpool striker insists Pogba could be an outstanding link player, but also questioned the Frenchman’s desire to succeed at Old Trafford.
Former Tottenham striker Peter Crouch said in a Q&A session for the Daily Mail:
“I’d never given that prospect any consideration, but now I have thought about it, I could actually see him [Paul Pogba] moving up the pitch.
“He wouldn’t be a 20 goals a season striker, by any means, but he has all the qualities to be an outstanding link player.
“I feel Pogba could affect games the way Steven Gerrard used to do when I played with him for Liverpool and England — he’s that good. He’s got that star quality about him, you see it when he plays for France.
“I’ve been on the pitch with Pogba and always felt there were two or three gears in reserve that he could easily engage. The one thing that has always confused me about him is the desire. Does he want to do it?”
Crouch added: “If a game was going badly, Stevie would take it upon himself to beat a couple of men and score a goal — grab things by the scruff of the neck. Pogba has the ability to do that. I’d love to see him make it happen.”