Saints Shaw to keep hot prospect

Thursday 4th April 2013 10:57

Luke Shaw: Highly-rated Saints defender

Luke Shaw: Highly-rated Saints defender

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Southampton FanZoner Olly Chanot is confident the club will be able to keep highly-rated full-back Luke Shaw this summer.

He is slowly being considered one of the most up and coming left-backs in the Premier League. Luke Shaw has made 21 appearances so far this season in the league, and every Southampton fan is happy to see the 17-year-old at left-back.

Despite his young age, his performances have hardly shown that this is his debut season.

At the beginning we started with Danny Fox at left-back, he was always a good player for us last season where we achieved promotion to the Premier League, ending our seven-year absence. I myself thought he was going to do well in the Premier League, but then Shaw stepped in.

He shows a good amount of confidence when he is on the pitch, he isn't scared about defending against the best in the league. He was one of the best players on Saturday as he was able to close down Chelsea's attack time after time. His attacking play is also something that gives Southampton an extra edge, when playing against any team, he isn't scared about going past more experienced players.

He has been linked with moves away from the south coast, with Tottenham and Chelsea all apparently looking to pay big money for his signature. The media has reported the young left-back will cost up to £16.5 million. Whether they are paying that much for the quality he is showing now, or whether it is because he has the potential to progress within the footballing world, like many other players that have left for bigger prospects (Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain).

I and all other Southampton fans would love to see Shaw with us next year and for many years to come.

We are no longer a selling club as we are currently in a good situation financially and if we can retain our Premier League status, I don't see him being sold, unless he is looking to go to a club of his choice. Either way, this year he has been phenomenal and I am confident that much more is to come.

By Olly Chanot, FanZone's Southampton blogger.

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