Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright thinks that Luke Shaw is ‘England’s best left-back’.
The Manchester United left-back has endured a difficult time since arriving at Old Trafford back in 2014, suffering a serious injury in his second season at the club, before struggling to impress Jose Mourinho of his abilities.
He was widely tipped to leave the Red Devils this summer but reportedly refused to leave in one final attempt to prove his value to the club. With Ashley Young having missed the early part of the Premier League season due to his involvement in the World Cup, Shaw has seized his chance to impress so far this season and has even earned himself an England recall.
While Gareth Southgate has a number of options at left-back, including Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand and Ashley Young, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright thinks that Shaw is England’s best option:
“You can’t totally blame everything on the manager [Mourinho] – he hasn’t helped – but he himself needed to be a lot stronger in the way he was trying to get himself going and he seemed to shy away from it,” the former striker told Sky Sports The Debate.
“He needed to get through that, which he’s now done, and we’ve seen a different side to Shaw which I’m really impressed with. I just hope he can continue doing it because I think, on form, he probably is England’s best left-back.
“He came back early in pre-season to work on his fitness and he’s seeing the fruit of his labours now. What he’s done mentally too, I think we’re going to see a really good player from this point on. I thought he was good against Tottenham, going forward positively and it’s what you want.”