Friday, 11 July 2014

Shaw to United - Summer Signing Review #5:

Hello again everyone and welcome to my latest blog post. 

Second of the summer: United unveiled Shaw, a day after they confirmed Herrera had signed
Today, I will be reviewing my 5th summer signing review of the transfer window - Manchester United's second signing; 18-year-old teenage startlet Luke Shaw for a reported transfer fee of £30million pounds from Southampton.

This is what Shaw had to say on the deal:

"It's a great feeling you know, I thought that the deal would be concluded before the World Cup but I can't believe that it has been done now.

They are the best club in the world and the main reason why I've come here is because the club aspire to win trophies and me as a young lad - I want to do the same. I'm very excited to work with Ryan Giggs and van Gaal, I present my game the exact way that he does and I'm excited to be here."

There has been some news coverage and questions being asked over whether or not the transfer fee is justified, but Shaw has proved himself at the highest level for Southampton in the past season or so and he has the potential to be a good long-term signing for the club in the future.

Good long-term investment: Shaw has the potential to be one of the best full-backs in the world
Record-breaking: Shaw is now the most expensive full-back in the world, at age 18. 
He is only 18, which means that he still has a lot of time to develop his potential and improve his skills; United will use him as a future first-team player and ensure that he gets all the help he needs to settle in quickly and become one of best signings in recent years. 
Experience: Shaw has already played and been capped at international level for England.
Southampton will feel disappointed to sell one of their key players; but they will be content that they have £30million pounds from the sale - so they can re-build their team and sign new players this summer, as they look to establish themselves as a top 8 team again in the next campaign, which will be far from easy. Losing Lambert, Lallana and Shaw among others will put a dampen on their spirits.

Shaw's strengths and weaknesses -
  • His defensive contribution is strong, and he has a lot of pace to catch up with defenders
  • Struggles to hold onto the ball for a long period of time, and is more likely to pass to a team-mate than go on a selfish run
  • Quick feet, has a good pass and his visual awareness is superb
  • Poor at man-marking and often wanders away from markers
  • Fast on the counter attack and has a good cross
  • Does not score many goals, but creates good goal-scoring opportunities
  • Good at dribbling with the ball at his feet
  • Needs to work on his strength and overall presence in the air also if he is to establish himself as a top-quality defender in the future
VERDICT: United have made some shrewd business to get Shaw and Herrera so far in the transfer market - obviously their supporters will be desperate for more good signings, and these two players are both promising and have potential.

Shaw is only 18, and will improve. As a long-term replacement for French full-back Patrice Evra, the club has done well to sign him and he will develop ofcourse. 

Herrera meanwhile does not have any Premier League experience, but if he settles in well, there is no reason why he will not link-up well with the likes of Mata, Kagawa and Rooney at Old Trafford next season.

This is an exciting time for United at the moment, having under-performed last season they can get back to where they belong in the top four, van Gaal IN and some promising signings are a signal of intent for sure.