When Manchester United signed Luke Shaw five years ago, huge things were expected of the-then teenager.
The club thought they had found their left-back for the next decade. However, injuries seriously hampered his development and progress. He also fell massively out-of-favour with both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
These days, though, Shaw is amongst the first names on the team-sheet. This season has been by far and away his best from an individual point of view, and we’re finally seeing the player we knew he could be.
Even United’s own Mike Phelan has been heaping the praise on Shaw, with the assistant manager adding that the ‘world is his oyster’.
“We think that there is more to come from Luke – he is young, he is energetic and he has an attitude which is developing all the time,” Phelan told Reuters.
“We feel that the world is his oyster… he is a huge player.”
It’s mad to think that Shaw is still only 23. In terms of footballing years, his best years are still a half-decade away and there is every reason to believe that he could still become one of the best in the world in his position.
As this term has gone on we’re seeing Shaw improve. You look at just how influential he was as United beat Watford at Old Trafford a week or so ago, that ball into Marcus Rashford was Xavi-eqsue.
It’s wonderful to see him enjoying his football again and if he can remain injury-free from now until the season’s end, and keep himself healthy over the summer, then next year could be massive for the former Southampton man.