Over the summer, Manchester United Football Club made a £50million splash when they signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.
The mega-talented right-back has proven his defensive credentials this term, with his inch-perfect tackling ability making him a real force in the one-on-one situation – just ask Raheem Sterling…
Wan-Bissaka is probably the best right-back United have had at the club since the Rafael days. After make-shift players like Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia were chosen to do the job, it feels absolutely brilliant to have an out-and-out defender completely locking down one side.
I think even the biggest Wan-Bissaka fan understood that the Englishman would be a project. He’s going to need time to adapt and adjust to life at Old Trafford, while there are still some areas of his game that need work.
The best part about it is the fact that Wan-Bissaka himself is willing to admit the shortcomings in his game – but he’s trying to work on them. In a recent interview, the right-back named the one area in which he has to improve as a player – and seriously all credit to him:
“My work in the final third is something that needs improving, for me.” Wan-Bissaka told Inside United.
“Coming to this club, that’s something that I knew I could improve here. I knew it would make me a better player, coming to United.”
We’ve seen one inch-perfect cross into Marcus Rashford from Wan-Bissaka in recent weeks, though this has to be just the start for the Englishman. The 22-year-old has the energy and willingness to get forward, now, we just need to see the quality.
I’m sure that in time, as he learns the United style and gets increasingly familiar with his teammates, Wan-Bissaka could develop his game into becoming more a complete full-back than a solely defensive one.
Now I’m not saying he’s going to be like Trent Alexander-Arnold, but if Wan-Bissaka can become even a competent offensive weapon, then he should be considered as the best right-back in the country…