Sheffield Wednesday are in grave danger of repeating an all too familiar mistake.
If he were to depart come to the end of the season, the south Yorkshiremen could regret not tying him down in the same vein as former academy reject Jamie Vardy.
According to Football Insider, Scottish giants Celtic have reportedly held talks and agreed to personal terms with the 19-year-old sensation ahead of his deal expiring at Wednesday.
The Owls aren’t giving up hope of keeping hold of him, but the odds may be firmly stacked against them right now.
Vardy was in the system at Hillsborough until the age of 16 before he was released. Now he’s bypassed the Wednesday to become a superstar in the Premier League and once, on the international stage.
Shaw has bags of potential and is arguably the best player to emerge from the academy set-up in recent years, the other being young striker George Hirst, who the club ironically lost to Leicester City over a year ago.
Dejphon Chansiri simply cannot afford to keep letting these mistakes happen as whoever the next manager is, he should be building his squad around the likes of Shaw, Osaze Urhoghide and many more.
The versatile central midfielder, who can also play at the back, has now started 11 of his 14 appearances in all competitions, showing the faith that ex-boss Tony Pulis and then interim Neil Thompson have had in his talents.
Shaw caught the eye of ESPN FC editor Dale Johnson earlier this campaign when driving from defence to provide a last-minute assist for the Owls’ winner at Exeter City. He tweeted:
– 19 years old
– 13 senior appearances
– playing as centre-back
– 90th minute marauding run to create a goal
Take a bow, Liam Shaw.
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) January 9, 2021
He’s been a huge hit with the supporters too, as seen by reaction published by Football League World only last month – fans we’re calling hin everything from the “real deal” to comparing him to Chris Waddle.
Evidently, letting him join Celtic is a recipe for disaster – if Vardy wasn’t already enough to learn from; missed profits, missed talent – so Owls chairman Chansiri must do all he can to convince the teenage gem to remain at Wednesday.
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