Luke Shaw Should Be Patrice Evra’s Long-Term Replacement
As the record-breaking transfer for Juan Mata from Chelsea is being finalized, it seems as though David Moyes is making a big play for another huge signing. Reports are coming out of England that Manchester United has submitted a bid of £22.5 million for 18-year-old left back Luke Shaw of Southampton. The bid is rumored to be bigger than Chelsea’s bid of £21 million for Shaw.
#MUFC reported to be making move for Luke Shaw. Either he or Ricardo Rodriguez would be far, far better signing than Baines/Coentrao.
— Jerrad Peters (@jerradpeters) January 25, 2014
Shaw is a great talent and has outstanding potential with the play that he has shown at his young age. He will no doubt be a mainstay on the back-line for years to come for both club and country. He is an attack-minded left-back who has not scored yet for Southampton, but has accounted for numerous assists with his crossing abilities.
The praises don’t stop there for Shaw, as some have compared him to another product of the Southampton academy, Real Madrid and Wales superstar Gareth Bale.
While manager Mauricio Pochettino has continuously insisted that Shaw is not for sale, it would be wise for Southampton to take this offer very seriously. It is not everyday that clubs like Chelsea or Manchester United come knocking at your door with a massive offer like this one. They could invest in some more talent to fill out other positions or add some depth to the squad.
Manchester United would have their left-back of the future in Shaw. Southampton has only given up 25 goals in the Premier League, which ranks them fourth, while United has allowed 27, which for United is a terrible mark. They know that the next step in upgrading the club is to tackle the issues on the back-line with the aging Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra – this is the first step to that. United has 24-year-old Dutch left-back Alexander Buttner currently on the squad, but Shaw has more skill now and potential for the future.