West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell has been one of the bargains of the season since his summer move from Ipswich Town.
The left-back cost just under £4 million, a fraction of the fee Manchester United played for teenager Luke Shaw from Southampton.
When the two went up against each other this weekend, the difference between the pair was barely noticeable in the 1-1 draw.
Cresswell looked solid, a key component of the back four, and will count himself unlucky with the rest of his teammates not to have left Upton Park celebrating a win, pegged back only by Daley Blind's late goal.
|Team||Won Tackles||Interceptions Won||Passing Accuracy||Accurate Crosses||Effective Clearances||Blocked Crosses||Red Cards||Mins Played|
|Luke Shaw||Man Utd||1||2||81%||1||9||2||1||89|
|Aaron Cresswell||West Ham||0||1||69%||1||6||0||0||90|
From a statistical point of view, Shaw edged the contest, but undid his good work with his ill-disciplined red card. While ahead narrowly of Cresswell in areas like tackling, passing and clearances, the chasm in transfer fees between the two was not evident.
Watching the game, the West Ham man rarely put a foot wrong, and his display should have re-affirmed his credentials for contention for an England place.
Left-back is a competitive position with Leighton Baines, Kieran Gibbs and Ryan Bertrand already vying with Luke Shaw for spots, but Cresswell deserves equal consideration too.