It is official; Harry Maguire has completed a sensational move from Leicester City worth over £80million for his services. We can all thank Neymar for destroying the transfer market after forcing a move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, but despite the inflated prices, many argue that Maguire doesn’t deserve to be the most expensive defender.
Quality attacking players usually demand huge fees for their services, for defenders not so much until recently. Maguire is a good defender but not the best of the best in all areas of his game.
Virgil Van Dijk, Aymeric Laporte, Jan Vertoghen and Antonio Rudiger, are all considered better options than Maguire in the Premier League yet several reports have stated that his aerial prowess and an ability to play out confidently are attributes Manchester United need hence the huge transfer fee.
In a Premier League where pace is a key component to proper defending, Manchester United made a tough call breaking the world record to acquire Maguire. There is evidence to suggest that English players get transferred for inflated fees. But for a player who is not among the best in his position in the league why did Manchester United go to such lengths to get him?
Looking at Manchester United’ s vulnerability in defense last year, it could be argued that Maguire is better than all current options in central defense which includes Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly. An argument can also be made that if the current options are not good enough, defense is all about partnerships and he is doomed to fail.
Perhaps there is something Manchester United see in him, maybe he would prove all of us wrong? Join the conversation and give your thoughts if Harry Maguire deserves to be the world’s most expensive defender?