Luke Shaw could well be on the move this summer, becoming the latest teenage prodigy to leave the club in a big money deal, joining one of England’s biggest teams.
There are three clubs that have been heavily tipped as potential destinations for him, each with their own unique systems and tactics which could see Shaw used in very different ways.
If United buy Shaw then firstly, he won’t get the chances he may get at the other clubs because he’ll be behind Patrice Evra and Alexander Buttner in the pecking order. There would be a heavy effort to improve his fitness at United to improve his overall game.
United would most likely use him as a sort of wing back, in the same way as the other full backs at the club. He’d be under pressure to get forward and provide extra width as well as tucking in narrowly against the centre backs when needed in defence.
If he was a Chelsea player than all of the emphasis on his attacking game would be width. Chelsea play with a very narrow midfield which would make it even more significant for Shaw to get down the left hand side of the pitch in similar fashion to Ashley Cole.
He’d also be under greater pressure defensively because Chelsea’s back four is not as quick. He has the pace to get back and cover but similarly to United, there would be a big effort to improve his fitness in the short term.
At Spurs there would probably be a greater emphasis on the defensive side of his game. Shaw would be urged to get forward where possible and help out but Spurs have plenty of central players who rotate and get out to the left to provide extra width.
He also has no need to go bombing forward when Gareth Bale drifts out to that side, other than to overlap and provide an outlet when there is time and space to do so but predominantly his job would be to keep a tight and well organised back four.
Who do you think he’ll join? Will he stay with the Saints?
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