Why Leicester City should go all out to sign Luke Shaw
The Metro suggests that though the Foxes do not want Chilwell to go, they are preparing a contingency plan and Shaw has emerged as a target.
Shaw,24, who came through the ranks of Southampton’s youth system, joined Manchester United in the summer of 2014 after a brilliant season at St. Mary’s. He was signed as a long-term prospect for United after the departure of Patrice Evra but a combination of fitness issues and injuries have plagued his career at Old Trafford.
Over the past five and a half years, the Englishman made only 119 appearances for the Red Devils and, in the process has scored only 1 goal. It has been the same for him this season and injuries have gotten the better of Shaw, allowing him to feature in just 11 league games.
His contract at United runs until the summer of 2023 but with youngster Brandon Williams emerging at the right time, Shaw seems to be walking a thin line at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, the Foxes endured an outstanding start to the season, which saw them above the Etihad outfit in 2nd position in the league standings until last week. But three losses in the space of a month saw them drop one place lower, and the loss to Southampton cost their spot.
However, with another half of the season yet to be played, Brendan Rodgers would need his players to stay fit and qualify for the Champions League. But that can be possible only if there is depth in the squad in all the positions.
And with Chilwell’s uncertain future at the club, the Midland club boss must make sure he must prioritize strengthening the left-back position.
Apart from Chilwell, only Christian Fuchs is available at the manager’s disposal in that area and he must strengthen the backline by signing Luke Shaw.
The 24-year-old has a very positive style of play as a left-back. His pace, control and dribbling are top-notch and those are some of his impressive attributes. The only question that remains is about his fitness and once he is free from injuries, he would be at the top of his game.
The English international is not only defensively solid, when fit, but can contribute offensively as well. He is capable of exploiting space and supporting his teammates with and without the ball. Shaw could be the one to fit in Rodgers’ side if Chilwell leaves.
The video below shows glimpses of Shaw’s qualities he could bring in if a deal goes through.
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With Fuchs ageing, the former Southampton man can walk straight into Leicester’s line-up, given his qualities.
If he is fit to play regularly, Shaw could go on to play for Leicester in the long run and also revive his hopes of playing for his country.