Why Chelsea won't suffer after missing out on £30m man

Luke Shaw

Manchester United may have won the battle to sign Luke Shaw, but Chelsea are unlikely to suffer in the long run.

In the lead up to the Luke Shaw's big-money move to Manchester United, both they and Jose Mourinho's Chelsea had been linked with the then-Southampton left-back.

A transfer battle seemingly ensued and it was United who triumphed, reportedly due to the high salary they offered, as well as other factors including the promise of an important role within the squad.

But now that the Blues have officially lost out on the player, how will they be affected?

You would think a defender rated at £30-34million - making him the most expensive teenager in the world - would be a big miss for any club. And there is no doubting Shaw's ability, with the 18-year-old enjoying a fine season in the Premier League and ending it with a World Cup start to his name.

Chelsea, however, may not suffer at all - for two key reasons. Firstly, experienced Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis looks set for a move to Stamford Bridge this season.

In Luis, Mourinho will be getting a seasoned defender who is now a title-winner and Champions League finalist. Being 10 years Shaw's senior, the 28-year-old will know more tricks of the trade and will likely come far cheaper than the £30 million reported fee United paid for Shaw.

Defensive quality, though, is not just reportedly on its way to west London - it is already there in abundance. Cesar Azpilicueta proved last term that he can deputise at left-back, while Ryan Bertrand's loan spell at Aston Villa has been completed, with the 24-year-old now in with a chance to prove himself in Chelsea's first team.

  TeamPosTackles Won / appDuels Won / appEffective Clearances / appInterceptions Won / appAppsMins
Luke Shaw Southampton DF 1.74 6.63 3.49 1.06 35 2,992
Ryan Bertrand Chelsea DF 1.53 4.53 2.00 0.88 17 1,455

Like Luis, Bertrand has experience of a Champions League final himself and now has several Premier League appearances under his belt thanks to his time at Villa. As Opta stats show, Shaw outshone Bertrand last season, but only with the benefit of twice as many games.

Even then, the teenager was only marginally better. In all of the outlined areas, Bertrand was not far behind Shaw and will only improve the more game-time he gets, especially working with the likes of John Terry and Gary Cahill.

Bertrand's future at Stamford Bridge has been questioned this summer, but Mourinho could yet keep him at the club to provide backup, with the stats showing he is a more-than-capable deputy.

In the long run, although Shaw's quality is undeniable for someone so young, Chelsea will not suffer from missing out on his signature. In Luis, Bertrand and Azpilicueta, they have three potential left-backs, all of which represent the utmost quality and value for money.

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