Urging Southampton’s Luke Shaw not to seriously consider Chelsea yet 2

Ben Weeks implores Luke Shaw to continue his development at Southampton…

> on July 17, 2013 in Girona, Spain.

The Telegraph used the phrase “left-back merry-go-round” today, and credit where it’s due because that just about sums up what presumably will occur should everyone get their man come January: Leighton Baines, Patrice Evra and Ryan Bertrand are just a few Premier League left-backs deemed likely to be switching their colours.

Full backs are a slight anomaly in that there seems to be a huge gulf between the fairly unnoticeable traditional full back and the multi-talented, widely-coveted modern wing back. The former receive very few plaudits, at least in comparison to the rest of their team (think Phil Neville in his United days) whilst the latter can often be the star of their team (Leighton Baines as the most prominent PL example).

Luke Shaw is a player who is evidently developing strongly as the latter and, unsurprisingly, has been touted for a ‘big club’ move on a number of occasions - more often that not Chelsea, a club who rejected him for not being physical enough at academy level. I can only hope that Shaw has more foresight than to compete with a still impressive Ashley Cole at this stage of his career, and will instead stay with a Southampton side that have been nothing less than magnificent in their duty to develop young players to Premier League standard. I’m not necessarily arguing Shaw owes Southampton his loyalty (though the argument could be made…), but I feel it would be a great shame if, as one of the current generation brought up patiently at St Mary’s, he were not to see it through at least their current purple patch of chemistry and watchable football in favour of a bigger paycheck and a Champions League spot on the bench.

The move may make sense eventually - Cole doesn’t have that long left, Bertrand is expected to move on having never really proved he is Chelsea standard and Shaw, if he continues developing at his current rate, will undoubtedly be capable of plugging the hole…but not yet Luke. Not yet.

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