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Paul Pogba's sensational display at the weekend against Udinese suggested that the Bianconeri's transition to the post-Pirlo era could arrive sooner than expected.
Pogba's two fine long-range strikes were a glimpse of one of his many exceptional talents, but without Andrea Pirlo, Juve are just not the same team.
Pogba is neat and tidy in possession, but he tends to enjoy driving forward and exchanging one-twos with an intent to move into the space beyond him, rather than developing the play from deep.
Luca Marrone is probably the most natural fit to replace Pirlo as Juve's quarterback, but it is still unclear whether the 22-year-old has the quality to succeed at such a high level.
It seems inevitable that Pogba belongs in the company of such illustrious names as Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon and Claudio Marchisio, but his immediate future in the first team is still a little unclear.
As Pogba doesn't possess the consistency and variety of passes of Pirlo, Arturo Vidal's and Marchisio's positions become the most obvious roles for Pogba fill.
With neither player yet to reach their prime, Pogba might have to play a waiting game with Juve, despite sporadic impressive performances.