Hugo Lloris says he believes that international team-mate Paul Pogba has had a positive second season back at Manchester United.
The pair will line up together this summer at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and are both expected to play a key part in any success France may have at the tournament.
Pogba returned to Man United after a four-year stint at Juventus in 2016 but hasn’t hit the heights expected of him, however, has received more criticism then maybe deserved at times.
Pundits and fans alike have slated the dynamic midfielder for not living up to his price tag so far in England, but Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Lloris believes he impressed throughout the 2017-18 campaign.
Speaking to the media ahead of France’s World Cup warm-up match against Italy on Friday night, Lloris said: “He’s had a very good season, although people still debate it. As a football player and as a football fan, I think he had a very good season.
Lloris was then asked whether Pogba’s talent and reputation make him the main man in the dressing room and on the pitch in Russia this summer, despite only being 25-years-old.
The ‘keeper added: “Will he be the ‘boss’? That’s a strong word but a ‘leader’ is what is expected of him on and off the field.”
France are being heavily touted to win the tournament ahead of the 2018-19 season, and if Pogba impresses throughout he can take the form into August and beyond.