Manchester United’s interest in Luke Shaw has been building all season in the background like a polar bear slowly waking up from hiberation.
As the season has gone on, that interest has increased and it crescendoed last night with both The Telegraph and Sky Sports reporting United had submitted a £27 million offer straight after the game against Southampton had finished.
That’s a lot of money for an 18-year-old with only one full Premier League season under his belt but if his performance against United yesterday was anything to go by, it is £27 million that would be well spent.
Shaw’s performance typified what a modern day left-back should be and showed a fantastic balance of defence and attack.
Adnan Januzaj struggled to have any impact because Shaw blocked him at every opportunity and going forward, Shaw was a constant threat in United’s side.
One of the most impressive aspects to Shaw’s game was his work rate. He was never out of position and bust a lung to get back after joining in an attack. That’s a characteristic which Patrice Evra has lacked in recent years, something that has really hurt the team. His fitness was top notch and the fact he has always completed 90 minutes when playing in the Premier League this season is a testament to that.
Shaw might be a lot of money at £27 million but it’s all relative in the modern game. Would you pay £27 million for a player who could be in your team for the next 10+ years? You’d do it in a heartbeat.
United took an expensive but calculated gamble on David de Gea when replacing Edwin van der Sar and three years later, something which paid off as we have one of the best goalkeepers in the world. From his early promise, there’s no reason why Shaw couldn’t fall into that category.
The biggest test for Shaw could come in Brazil if he is chosen to play any games by Roy Hodgson and if reports are proved correct, United are going to do their best to sign Shaw before the tournament starts.
Do you think Luke Shaw is worth £27 million?