If Manchester United wish to rebuild their synonymous status with the England national team, then a summer bid for Southampton starlet Luke Shaw can be considered an obligation on David Moyes’ part.
Since his first-team rise upon the south coast outfit’s Premier League promotion in summer 2012, the marauding left-back has emerged as one of the finest home-grown talents the country currently has to offer, and at 18 years of age is already challenging Ashley Cole for a place in the World Cup squad, having picked up his first Three Lions cap back in February.
Many have compared the teenage defender to fellow Southampton product Gareth Bale in style. A transition to an attacking role in his later career appears unlikely, but nonetheless, it’s a fantastic testament to Shaw’s technical talents and astonishing athleticism.
The one-Cap England international decisively belongs to the growing trend of modern full-back, dubbed ‘the false full-back’ by some, offering as much in defence as he does in attack and possessing the stamina and pace to marshal an entire flank single-handedly, whilst contributing at both ends of the pitch for a full ninety minutes.
In the wake of Patrice Evra’s expected departure, snapping up Shaw’s services would not only leave the Old Trafford side at the forefront of the England national team but also the tactical future of the beautiful game.
Already billed as the world’s first £30million full-back however, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all baying for his services, securing the English prodigy’s signature will be no easy task for the Premier League champions.