When Luke Shaw first burst onto the Premier League scene with Southampton back in the 2012/13 season, it was easy to see that he was a full-back with a lot of talent.
And despite still being a teenager with little first-team experience, that talent came with maturity.
After an even better season in the 2013/14 campaign, his manager at the time Mauricio Pochettino even believed he was capable of playing for Real Madrid.
“He can play at Real Madrid or he can play in the world starting XI,” the now Tottenham boss was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail back in 2014.
“He really has the quality to do so. I am not sure if he is one [of the best left-backs in the world] already. I think so. I am not sure if he is already the best one in the world.”
High praise, indeed, but certainly warranted. Like most modern-day full-backs, going forward, Shaw was exceptional for the Saints.
He had the pace and close control to take the ball past his opponents and the ability to put an accurate cross into the box.
That and his competent defending made it no surprise when the Premier League big boys, including his current club Manchester United, came sniffing.
Unfortunately for Shaw, though, he has not always been able to showcase his talent at Old Trafford.
Injuries and some very tough love from Jose Mourinho have seen the England international struggle to make a consistent impact.
It is only now where Manchester United supporters are starting to see Shaw at his best again and on a regular basis.
Still, already one of the leading left-backs in the Premier League when fit, at just 23 years of age, time is on Shaw’s side.
And looking back, he has Southampton to thank for putting him onto this path.
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