Manchester United’s purchase of Luke Shaw might be considered expensive by many fans at around £27m but for a defender who could be United’s left-back for a decade, it was a fee worth paying.
At 18, Shaw hasn’t even fully started his career yet he has two seasons worth of experience in the Premier League and under the guidance of Patrice Evra, there’s every chance he will flourish and become the best left-back in the country.
When United travelled to St. Mary’s on the last day of the season, we saw Shaw keep Adnan Januzaj in his back pocket in what was a very impressive performance but not many fans watched him over the course of the season.
With that in mind, The Peoples Person spoke to Southampton fan @TheBeastOutside about what United can expect from Shaw and how big a miss he will be for the Saints.
What do you think about the departure of Luke Shaw? How much will Southampton miss him?
Shaw is one of the best young left-backs I have ever seen. He pretty much has everything and, contrary to people who don’t know what they’re talking about, he is actually a left-back and not a future midfielder/forward type.
We will miss him but for the price Manchester United paid, we can replace enough of the things he can do for us with somebody else and then bring through someone else from the academy who will be as good or better.
Do you believe he is worth the money?
He is worth it. How much is England’s future first choice left back worth at the age of 18? You have to remember that Southampton didn’t want to sell him nor really need the money.
What are his strengths and weaknesses?
Shaw is fast, very fast, and very good defensively. For an 18-year-old, his concentration level is streaks ahead of where it should be and and he doesn’t switch off or get caught by somebody.
He can tackle, goes forward a lot and has a brilliant engine. He never tires.
As for the negatives, sometimes his delivery into the box is a bit hit and miss but that will improve with time as the rest of his game is very good already.
Do you believe he is capable at playing at any other position apart from left-back?
He could but it would be a waste. He’s not Gareth Bale. He has some of his attributes but he’s not got the eye for goal that Bale always exhibited. That’s not to say he won’t score occasionally but that’s not what he’s good at. His strength lies in defending.
How does he compare to other Southampton graduates such as Gareth Bale?
He could be as significant to world football as Bale but not in the same position. He could be one of the top three left-backs in the world given the right support and team-mates.