Cameron Borthwick-Jackson produced an impressive performance for Wolverhampton Wanderers in their 2-0 away win over Newcastle United on Saturday.
The left-back, making his second appearance for the Championship side after joining them on loan from Manchester United over the summer, gave a characteristically energetic and assured display against the Magpies.
A closer look at his stats reveal just how influential he was against Rafa Benitez’s side: 7 aerial duels won, 2 interceptions, 15 clearance, 4/6 tackles, 1 take-on.
Watching Marcos Rojo‘s cataclysmic performance against Feyenoord last week, and then watching Borthwick-Jackson’s composed performance just two days later, one couldn’t help wondering why the Englishman was sent out on loan.
This is someone who, on several occasions, demonstrated his unquestionable worth at left-back last season. The 19-year-old has mastered a variety of attributes that seemingly elude Rojo: speed, running power, mobility on the ball, positional knowhow, an expansive passing range, and, most surprisingly, a capacity for delivering inch perfect crosses.
It goes without saying that, on merit, Borthwick-Jackson eclipses Rojo in the pecking order at left-back, and would provide Luke Shaw with the perfect type of competition. Man United fans will just hope that, upon his return to Old Trafford, the 19-year-old receives the second choice left-back spot that he deserves.