Five years previously Harry Maguire became taking half in League One football. Now he’s on the verge of changing into the arena’s costliest defender.
Manchester United are remark to quit the £80m signing of the 26-yr-used Leicester and England player, nevertheless is he definitely worth the money?
BBC Sport takes a look on the stats and the memoir in the lend a hand of the player.
‘A pupil of the game consistently destined for the top’
Bear per chance the best gamers in the arena and prospects are you’ll assume those that excel in the total attributes essential for their remark on the pitch – Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are nigh-on most involving forwards while Kevin de Bruyne’s talents, targets and passing skill bear him an international-class midfielder.
Maguire, alternatively, is now not per chance the best of per chance the best in all areas of his game. His lack of tempo is an evident ingredient and something that has previously prolong other clubs – Huddersfield as soon as grew to alter into down the probability to signal him for £1m because he became deemed to be too late.
But Maguire makes up for that deficiency with his discovering out of the game.
“He is a artful, artful footballer,” used Sheffield United manager Micky Adams, who gave Maguire his knowledgeable debut on the Blades lend a hand in 2011, tells BBC Sport.
“He became terrific, he became very studious, and essential to be taught. He is a pupil of the game and takes data on board very swiftly, in particular on the coaching ground.”
Maguire became given his first knowledgeable birth by Adams in the Championship on the age of 18, nevertheless his management qualities and football brain were evident long earlier than then.
Former Sheffield United academy director Travis Binnion worked with Maguire from when he became 16 and remembers a player who possessed a self belief and maturity previous his years.
“He would should be per chance the best in coaching and consistently essential to create that bit extra,” he talked about.
“He never obtained completed for tempo, he became consistently dapper. He became consistently very confident and felt he belonged at any level. I am now not stunned to appear him tear to the very top.”
It became while at Sheffield United’s academy that he faced an opponent who would possibly per chance well well soon change true into a team-mate – Paul Pogba.
The 2 gamers were on opposite sides for the 2011 FA Formative years Cup last, Maguire taking half in for the Blades and Pogba for Manchester United. Even supposing Sheffield United misplaced, Maguire stood out against a team that also integrated Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison.
In accordance with experiences,then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson became staring on the game and known as Maguire afterwards, telling him he had the total ingredients to attain it to the very top.
Maguire had to aid a transient while for a transfer to the Premier League, with Hull Metropolis signing him in 2014. Ahead of that he spent three seasons in League One with Sheffield United. Despite that league now not being well-known for cultured defenders taking half in out from the lend a hand, Maguire never altered the taking half fashionable that in the finish caught the heed of Manchester United.
“What makes him an £80m player is his distribution,” Michael Dawson, who performed alongside Maguire at Hull Metropolis, urged BBC Radio 5 Are residing.
“He can carry the ball out from the lend a hand, he’s joyful in tight areas. He will get out of effort and that’s what makes him an elite player.”
Is he better than Man Utd fetch already?
Manchester United were lacking a dominant drive on the lend a hand for years, arguably since Nemanja Vidic departed 5 years previously.
The statistics counsel Maguire will no doubt provide that. Closing season, he obtained extra duels and made extra clearances per game than United’s major centre-lend a hand alternatives – Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly.
Maguire’s aerial prowess also makes him stand out.
On average, he obtained an aerial battle as soon as every 22 minutes for Leicester closing term, better than each and every Lindelof and Jones (37 and 27 minutes respectively) and drastically better than Bailly (49 minutes). Smalling, despite the proven truth that, obtained aerial duels a minute of extra frequently – as soon as every 20 minutes closing term.
|Premier League 2018-19 – per 90 minutes|
|Aerial duels obtained||4.1||2.4||4.3||3.3||1.8|
How does he compare to Europe’s most effective?
For the money they’ve spent, United will think they’ve signed a defender who can stand alongside Europe’s elite, so how create his stats compare to a pair of per chance the best centre-backs across the continent?
In similar outdated, as the desk below reveals, Maguire is connected in all areas, with the added bonus of being one in every of per chance the most aerially dominant.
He also makes only about a errors resulting in targets.
|Statistics since 2016-17 season|
|Maguire||Van Dijk||Laporte||Ramos||Koulibaly||Hummels||Umtiti||Kompany||Pique||De Ligt|
|Aerial duels obtained (%)||71%||74%||67%||65%||57%||66%||65%||72%||71%||62%|
|Errors resulting in targets||1||1||1||4||2||1||3||4|
Maguire also presents a mighty attacking threat.
Since 2016 he has today contributed to 13 targets for Leicester – seven targets and 6 assists. Of the gamers below, finest Sergio Ramos (17) has managed extra.
|Targets and assists since 2016-17|
|Maguire||Van Dijk||Laporte||Ramos||Koulibaly||Hummels||Kompany||Pique||De Ligt|
So… definitely worth the money?
That’s the £80m question.
Maguire would possibly per chance also now not be your entire defender nevertheless he looks to be player that possesses the attributes United need – aerial prowess and an skill to play out confidently.
The stress of the worth stamp is one other impediment the England international will want to conquer nevertheless it indubitably is a stress he has been backed to thrive on.
“He is one in every of those lads who will fade into the dressing room and make a choice in today,” added Dawson.
“In the future prospects are you’ll behold him being a captain of Manchester United. Give him time to make a decision on in, and I am obvious he’s going to be a captain of that club at some point soon.”
Additional reporting by Alistair Magowan