Discussing Chelsea and Luke Shaw 0

> on July 17, 2013 in Girona, Spain.

The Daily Express leads with a story this morning about Chelsea being poised to bid £30m for Southampton’s full-back Luke Shaw.

If I was being cynical, I’d say that The Express - knowing that there’s assumed interesting in Shaw from Stamford Bridge - have artificially tried to advance this story by putting a price-tag on the player and a timescale on the transfer.

£30m? For a full-back? When Chelsea already have Ashley Cole, Ryan Bertrand and Cesar Azpilicueta capable of covering the left-back spot?

It’s not very Moneyball, is it?

Shaw will develop into a very good player, but the kind of money being referenced here is absurd - even by Chelsea’s standards, that would be over-paying. Additionally, does anyone really think that, without prior negotiation, the club are going to offer Southampton a straight £30m? Come on now, The Express are telling fibs.

Southampton are really progressing nicely under Mauricio Pochettino, and it’s refreshing to see a different name at the top of the Premier League - wouldn’t it be a shame if talent like Shaw migrated away too soon? It’s not in his interests to leave the South Coast in any case, because he would just be swallowed up by a big club’s squad system and be limited to League Cup appearances over the next couple of years.

As I wrote in The People yesterday regarding Saido Berahino, it’s actually very damaging for the state of our national team to have developing English players moving to Champions League clubs too soon - and while I accept that Luke Shaw is a special talent, here’s hoping he gives himself time to mature before seeking a big contract and a big stage.

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