Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has praised Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand's debut season at the club.
Bertrand signed on loan back in the summer, before making his switch permanent on transfer deadline day.
He said: "He's come into replace Luke Shaw who left for millions and he's fitted in seamlessly.
"It didn't quite work out for him at Chelsea, but seems to be finding his feet down there and he's doing pretty well."
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Comparing Luke Shaw's performances for Southampton last season with Ryan Bertrand's in 2014/15 shows there is very little to choose between the two.
Shaw records better statistics in terms of tackles made, aerial duels won and clearances, while Bertrand excels in interceptions, accurate crosses, and blocking shots.
The closeness in quality between the two shows just what a bargain the Saints have in Bertrand, who they signed at a fraction of the £30 million received from Manchester United for Luke Shaw.
Wright is correct in that Bertrand is somewhat underrated, although his quality is plain to see for anybody who has watched him this season. Whether there is a big gap between the two players is very much open to debate.
What will be fascinating is whether both players will be part of Roy Hodgson's next England squad, as both players have a strong, if not equal case for inclusion.