Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw is an English left back who was born on 12th July 1995. Shaw signed for Southampton at the age of 8, and has progressed into an exciting marauding full back, having started out in central midfield. He won 6 caps for England U16's during 2010/11, scoring against Uruguay in the Montaigu Tournament in April 2011. Shaw began the 2011/12 season in impressive fashion for the U18 academy side. On 21st September 2011 he was rewarded with a place on the bench for the first teams League Cup clash with Preston. He followed that up with a goal in 3-2 win over Chelsea U18's on 1st October 2011, a game which saw the youngster playing out on the wing.

In October 2011 Shaw was subject to transfer speculation linking him with a move to either Arsenal or Tottenham. He showcased some great ability in FA Youth Cup clashes with Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest during 2011/12, jinking his way down the wing with some mazy dribbles. Shaw did however show some signs of naivety, and his lack of tactical awareness meant Saints were occasional caught out at the back. He made his senior debut as a late substitute at Millwall on 28th January 2012. Shaw almost had an immediate chance to score, but the ball didn't quite bounce for him.

Shaw began working with the first team squad during 2012/13 pre-season, but had his progress curtailed slightly by injury and illness. He looked shaky against Stevenage in the League Cup, and subsequent U21 appearances were largely unremarkable. A second cup outing at Leeds was followed up by a League debut against West Brom. Shaw made his first Premier League start against Swansea on November 10th 2012 and acquitted himself well. He progressed quicker than anyone could have ever imagined. He never once looked out of place, defending with maturity well beyond his years. Saints' defensive record improved with Shaw in the side. He was slightly below his best over Christmas, but quickly recovered. Glorious in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea on January 16th. Shaw made the equalising goal at Stamford Bridge following a powerful run down the flank. He suffered a series of minor injuries during the second half of the campaign, but didn't miss too much action. Shaw made mistakes against Wigan and QPR, before bouncing back at Norwich. He had another corker against Liverpool in March. Shaw ended the 2012/13 campaign in solid form.

Shaw officially put pen to paper on a five year deal on his 18th birthday on 12th July 2013. He celebrated with a goal in an 8-0 friendly win over Palamos on July 20th.