A massive transfer fee is a burden for some players. It is something they will have to justify during their time at the club that dug deep to secure their services.
Fernando Torres never lived up to his £50million fee whilst at Chelsea, and Angel Di Maria is struggling to justify his at Old Trafford this season. And Luke Shaw is no exception. He is the most expensive teenager in the world, and his debut season as a Manchester United player has not been all he’d hoped.
But the best is yet to come for Shaw.
He may not have been the key player of the season, but when given the opportunity, Shaw has made the most of his minutes. His Manchester United debut was their home game against West Ham, and Shaw was outstanding. He came back from the criticism given by Louis Van Gaal over his fitness in pre season and proved his worth.
Shaw has dipped in and out of the squad, and has been no stranger to injuries. But, in the first half of the season almost every United player picked up some form of injury. He has had problems with his ankle this season – a knock he picked up against Arsenal – and missed a few weeks of playing time.
Yet having not played regular football, and with Daley Blind sidelined, Shaw made his return to the side at Stamford Bridge last weekend. United may not have been able to pick up the three points, but they played exceptionally well against the league leaders. And Shaw’s performance stood out alone. With youth being dropped for experience in the last few weeks, it was important for Shaw to prove his worth, and he did just that.
Youth is a advantage factor for Luke Shaw. Whilst it is on his side, in the case of being chosen over older and more ‘tired’ legs, it is also the justification of why the media need to lay off the youngster. He is only 19-years-old, and if he isn’t putting in his best performances week in week out, there is still time for him to perfect his craft.
Although he is in the same league, he still has to adjust to a new manager, new tactics, new formations, and most importantly with Louis Van Gaal, a new philosophy.
If he can keep fit next season, he’ll undoubtedly live up to his price tag and show why he was the world’s most expensive teenager.