With David Moyes looking to spend his heart out this summer, there’s no better place to start than Southampton’s rising star Luke Shaw, an ideal replacement for the bosman-bound Patrice Evra.
Despite featuring just once at senior level for the Saints previously – a 15 minute FA Cup stint – the 18 year-old debuted upon the south coast outfit’s Premier League ascension in 2012. He’s since racked up 48 appearances in the top flight, never looking out of his depth, and the natural progression has been obvious.
Now the resident No.3 at St. Mary’s, Shaw has gone from strength to strength for the Saints, rewarded with an England U21 call-up and the start of the season and more recently tipped in the British press to become the world’s first £30million full-back.
The Junior Lion decisively belongs to the growing trend of modern full-back, with enough talent in an out of possession to contribute at both ends of the football pitch, and possessing the stamina and pace to do so for a full ninety minutes.
Many have compared Shaw to fellow Southampton academy product Gareth Bale in style. A more advanced role in his later career seems unlikely, but nonetheless, it’s a glowing testament of the Englishman’s immense technical talents and sheer athleticism.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain reluctant to sell, but should that £30million benchmark be met in the summer, they’ll undoubtedly feel obliged to accept. Even so, Manchester United are by no means the teenager’s only suitors; Chelsea view him as the perfect replacement for Ashley Cole, and Manchester City are also on the prowl for a new, long-term No.3.