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Garth Crooks rips needlessly into Paul Pogba’s image and hairstyle in BBC column

The BBC pundit believes the Manchester United player's new haircut is a sign of adolescence

Garth Crooks is entitled to his own opinion – the problem is it invariably comes across as unbelievably backward.

The BBC pundit’s regular team of the week column has attracted some interesting responses in recent years, mainly because of his bizarre formation choices.

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Remember when he fielded Alexis Sanchez at left-wing back?

Nice one Garth

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Nice one Garth

But this week’s edition is controversial for different reasons.

It’s fair to say Crooks offers a damning verdict of Paul Pogba’s image after the Manchester United midfielder sported another new haircut in the 2-2 draw with Stoke on Saturday afternoon.

Pogba shows off his new style

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Pogba shows off his new style

Pogba showed off his new red stripe at StokeHere’s what he had to say…

Crooks’ comments on Pogba

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Crooks’ comments on Pogba

When you’re the most expensive player in British football of course you’re going to find the spotlight is on your performances more than others.

But since Pogba’s return to England last summer there has been an agenda from more some of the game’s most recognised voices and pundits about his off field antics.

Pogba and Lukaku have been electric together this season

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Pogba and Lukaku have been electric together this season

We complain all the time how media trained footballers have become in the modern day, so Pogba’s vivacity and personality is a breath of fresh air.

If Pogba was struggling this season Crooks might have an argument, but the truth is the £89m man has been one of the standout performers so far.

Pogba has two goals and two assists in four Premier League games and would have had another goal had Marcus Rashford not pinched it off him at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Paul Pogba's header deflected off the striker and into the back of the net

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Pogba’s header deflected off Rashford and into the back of the net

This column, therefore, comes across like a completely unjustified witch-hunt reminiscent of this iconic Simpsons moment.

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Give it a rest, Garth. It’s 2017.

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