He not just provides the defensive cover for the team, but is also talented enough to distribute when in possession and brings bags of energy to the midfield.
This allows for a regista style player in Jorginho to be paired with him which forms a strong midfield spine.
You need all 3 requisites in a single player - Defensive nous, distribution, energy.
Fred has atrocious distribution but has defensive nous & energy.
McTominay is mediocre defensively, ok in enery and distribution.
Which is why Ole persists with McFred.
I see Pogba getting a lot of stick for midfield performances but we need to keep in mind he needs to do defensive work which is not his forte when paired with either Fred or McTominay.
Imagine if we had Kante, and our midfield pivot was Pogba-Kante. France's world cup winning pivot. I would think it would change.
Still no reliable transfer news around a CDM yet.
Under tuchel kante seem given more free role to go up and help attack too making it more flexible. But chelsea also got no good cover for kante.
As for the final.. Pep seem to gamble and tinkering his mid not playing rodri. Havert goal might not happen wt rodri cover backline. Still front player the one disappoint KDB, mahrez, sterling not showing up just like our final but atleast pep did make sub not waiting and hoping for magic only