Manchester United announced their second major transfer coup in Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, although the move has been coming for a while.
Linked since the end of last season, Man United fans can now officially call Shaw one of their own after completing a massive £30million move from the Saint Mary’s.
The 18-year-old starlet joins Ander Herrera, who arrived from Athletic Bilbao only last week.
But what does Manchester United see in such a young player to justify his hefty pricetag?
Here are FIVE REASONS to be excited about new Man United signing Luke Shaw.
Imagine what you were doing when you were 18. Well Shaw became the youngest Southampton player to start in the Premier League, is now the most expensive defender in British history, and has featured for England in the World Cup.
If Shaw can continue his amazing rise to stardom at Manchester United, then the Red Devils will have a world-class left back that can occupy the position for a generation.
Some critics and former players have even praised him as to being better than Gareth Bale, and if so, would mean that £30million would be just 1/3 of his value in the future.
Luke Shaw, although considered a left-back, sometimes plays more like a left winger than he does a defender. The Englishman likes to bomb forward, doing all he can to help his team-mates score a goal.
Although he only managed one assist last season, Shaw made a total of 142 – around four per game – crosses last season. If your side-backs are able to get that many crosses, it means he has the ability to beat his marker to do so.
Which leads to…
Out of all the top left-backs in the Premier League, Luke Shaw has beaten more players in one-on-one situations than any other.
Defenders trying to keep a Man United side at bay will already be having a hard-time marking the usual threats of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. With Shaw also an option marauding down the left, the task of keeping the Red Devils from scoring would almost be impossible.
£30million may sound like a lot for a defender, but if the Red Devils didn’t make an early move, he could very well be announced as Ashley Cole’s Chelsea replacement.
Luke Shaw is a known Chelsea fan, publically expressing his desire to one day pay for the Blues. Shaw signing for Chelsea would be nothing less of disastrous, as seen when Cole signed for Chelsea which led to consistent years of glory.
And with Shaw could follow several other youngsters, who are already looking to emulate his fame.
the fact luke shaw is 19 y/o make me mad & sad tht chelsea didnt get him
— . (@mohdfarhan_k) June 29, 2014
When was the last time you heard that an English player is set to become one of the world’s best? With England’s recent failings in international competitions, the massive transfer for Shaw represents the Three Lions now following in the path of their national rivals in developing grassroots football.
We are seeing a rise of young English players that now look to take over the so called ‘Golden Generation’, players that show excitement and hunger we haven’t witnessed in quite a while. If Manchester United – the Premier League’s most successful club – are willing to spend £30million for an 18-year-old Englishman, it means the future is looking bright for English football.
Here is finally potential proof that possibly sometime soon, EPL clubs do not have to pay massive amounts for a foreign player, but instead scout them from within England.