Is a Big Move on the Cards for Harry Maguire?
Why Manchester United Could Be the Perfect Move...
Now whilst most of us are still dreaming of what could have been in Russia and the fact that if it had "Come Home," none of the lads would have done so, yet it looks like the aptly nicknamed "Slab Head" (thanks Jamie Vardy) himself is on the brink of the biggest move of his career.
After a £17 million move from Hull City in 2017 and playing every single minute of last season for Leicester City, some of the Premier Legaues biggest clubs are after the Sheffield born 25-year-old, with the red of Manchester Utd looking most likely.
£65 million is the price and Jose looks ready to ask Ed Woodward very nicely to sing the paperwork, but where would this leave Leicester?
With Riyad Mahrez long gone to the other side of Manchester, could we see Leicester lose yet another "star"?
As a Utd fan, I would love to see Maguire at Old Trafford, living his best life with Lingard and the lads, but le'ts look at why this would be such a good move for The Reds and the defender.
Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Jones, Bailly, Shaw and new boy Dalot make up the main defensive choices for Mourinho in the upcoming 2018/2019 English Premier League season. Add Maguire into this and for the first time in a long time, Utd actually look relatively solid at the back.
Injury permitting, I would be pushed to pick a Valencia, Bailly, Maguire, and Shaw combination. This leaves plenty of room for rotation with the right amount of experience and youth to protect De Gea.
Is it all too late, though? With the Transfer Market closing in less than a fortnight it could be a case of too little, too late for Mourinho and Woodward. But, we all love a bit of last minute deadline day drama as long as we don’t end up with another Peter Odemwingie.
What does this mean for Leicester? Maguire, Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, all gone. Is the door now open for Vardy to look elsewhere? Claude Puel certainly has some Transfer Market dealings of his own to do if this move does happen.
In terms of timing and being a good career move for Harry, I think it comes at a good time. Momentum is with him; he had an unbelievable World Cup. He’s shown that not only has he got a fantastic head—both defensive and offensive—but he can also manage a back line, and he showed maturity and a calm head when others were becoming heated up and frustrated (sometimes rightly so).
He’s also shown that when the going gets tough, he can still put a shift in and won’t hide in the game. We will never forget Leicester’s incredible title winning season, but things haven’t quite been the same since. So, when Harry came in from Hull City after this famous season, big things were expected from the lad and I can’t say he’s ever disappointed.
In addition to this, he is also now more mentally equipped to deal with FA Cup finals, high pressure derby’s, Champions League games, and the travel that comes with this. Not to mention, he’s now played against a vast array of different playing styles, speed of game, and world class players.
All of these things will continue to mould a future legend of the game. I fully believe that even if he doesn’t make this move, a bigger club awaits him in the next 12 months. At the perfect age of 25, as well? Could there be a better opportunity for a talented, young, and ambitious English player to become the next… I don’t know, the next Cafu? (Not that I’m getting carried away.)
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