Paul Pogba Vows Never to Be Late to Juventus Training Again

Adrian Agius@@agius2nvAnalyst INovember 12, 2012

TURIN, ITALY - OCTOBER 31:  Paul Pogba of Juventus FC celebrates victory at the end of the Serie A match between Juventus FC and Bologna FC at Juventus Arena on October 31, 2012 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Young Juventus star Paul Pogba has been brought down to earth over the weekend after being dropped from the Juventus side that decimated Pescara, 6-1.

Pogba was dropped after attending training late on two separate occasions during the week leading up to the match, however the 19-year-old Frenchman has vowed to right his wrongs in the future. In an interview with TuttoSport (via Goal.com) regarding the incident, Pogba apologised to his team for his actions suggesting he showed a lack of respect towards the club:

I never had the intention to show up late. That I was late for training was down to some trivial things. I made a mistake. I was wrong and I'm sorry for what happened. I apologise because I showed a lack of respect toward my team-mates and Conte. I will do my utmost to make sure I do not make the same mistake again. I will not be late again in the future.

It is expected that Pogba will return for Juventus in their upcoming clash against Lazio—provided he attends training on time. Despite his latest antics, the youngster has proven somewhat of a revelation for the Bianconeri this season after signing from Manchester United.

The France under-19s international has appeared eight times for Juventus, netting on two occasions. His playing style has already been likened to that of Patrick Viera, boasting an athletic ability which easily stands out on the pitch.

Pogba's introduction to the Juventus squad early on in the season signals the club's intentions to make him the linchpin of their midfield post-Andrea Pirlo. He has averaged passing around the 85% mark thus far with long balls an emerging trait in his game (long-ball completion rate 16/23 so far).

Ultimately, however, Pogba's suitability for the Bianconeri as well as his future with the club will come down to his ability to act as a role model on and off of the pitch.

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The Turin giants are renowned for their exceptional off-field discipline. For the sake of Juventus fans, let's hope that Pogba has well and truly left this incident behind him.