In the wake of Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp claiming Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba would come closer to realising his potential under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, it’s time to explore the same notion with a number of players in England’s top flight.
Here are six players that would flourish at different Premier League outfits…
6. Paul Pogba – Manchester City
Redknapp made a number of interesting points when suggesting the Frenchman would excel under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage and the notion is more than plausible when delving into the details.
Pogba is famous for his attacking attributes, with his contribution out of possession often scrutinised. City are the cream of the crop in England in regards to keeping the ball, which would allow the 24-year-old to display his exuberant skill on a regular basis alongside Kevin de Bruyne.
The former Juventus man is currently forced to play in a deep lying midfield two under Jose Mourinho and as a result is often unable to influence games.
5. Emre Can – Chelsea
Chelsea are missing a quality box-to-box midfielder, with Tiemoue Bakayoko underwhelming since arriving from Monaco in the summer and January signing Ross Barkley struggling to find his feet early on.
In defeats to Roma, Bournemouth and Watford, it has been clear as day that Chelsea are missing another quality midfield player with the ability to control the pace of games and break up play alongside Kante.
Emre Can would represent an instant solution for the Blues, as his physical presence and ability on the ball would immediately improve the squad. The Germany international would shine at Stamford Bridge and could diversify his game, instead of pressing at breakneck pace constantly, as expected from Jurgen Klopp.
4. Anthony Martial – Arsenal
This one is a bit of a moot point after Arsene Wenger’s sensational signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but it’s still worth pondering.
Anthony Martial has been deployed as a left winger since Mourinho came to Old Trafford, with £90m striker Romelu Lukaku occupying the lone striker role. The 22-year-old is most lethal up front, as shown in his debut Premier League season – netting 17 times in a stuttering Louis van Gaal side.
Had the ex-Monaco forward moved to the Emirates in January he would’ve likely been rewarded with his favourite position as the lone striker. When it comes to fast and agile French forwards, the Gunners boss certainly has previous experience.
3. Toby Alderweireld – Manchester United
Toby Alderweireld is now widely recognised as one of the finest central defenders in the Premier League after two sensational campaigns since joining Spurs in 2015.
The Belgium international has matured under Mauricio Pochettino and has developed a rare blend of aggressive defending and fantastic passing. Spurs press similarly to Liverpool and as a result the side’s defensive midfield and back three have to excel on a weekly basis to keep clean sheets, and Alderweireld constantly stands out.
If the defender was to join the Red Devils – who currently boast the most clean sheets in the league this season on 15 – Mourinho would arguably possess the best defence in Europe, with David de Gea, Eric Bailly and Alderweireld protecting the United goal.
2. N’Golo Kante – Liverpool
Having won two consecutive Premier League titles with Leicester City and Chelsea, Kante looks as though he could be plying his trade in the Europa League next season, with the Blues stuttering and facing trips to both Manchester giants.
The 26-year-old had a whole host of suitors in 2016 and Liverpool were among those interested. Jurgen Klopp’s brand of football and tireless pressing comes at a cost, with the Reds often conceding against lesser opposition, so a screening midfield enforcer would be perfect.
Kante is among the very best in the world in his position, and the summer agreement for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita shows that Klopp clearly desires a similar player at Anfield.
1. Hector Bellerin – Tottenham
You can almost hear Arsenal fans’ toes curling at the prospect of this one.
Hector Bellerin is one of the first names on Arsene Wenger’s team sheet nowadays but has failed to hit the heights of his debut season at the Emirates in recent times. The Spaniard’s obvious qualities are in attack, with his blistering speed, but he is failing to really stand out this term.
Tottenham are yet to replace Kyle Walker with an outstanding right back and at just 22-years-old Bellerin’s talent could be nurtured by Mauricio Pochettino, and he could become a top player in his position, with better defensive nuance to go with his physical qualities.