Barcelona should target Luke Shaw

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Southampton's latest present to the England squad, Luke Shaw, is capable of rivaling Gareth Bale - another youth product from Saints - in a future El Clasico match.

Conscious I am to avoid over-hyping another young England player, as has been the case with a lot in the past but it's hard to ignore how comfortably the 18-year-old has settled to the Premier League. 

Mauricio Pochettino has created a lovely brand of football at St Mary's, in the mould of Barca, and Shaw has taken to that system like a duck in the water.

The Catalans' current left-back Jordi Alba is someone who loves to get forward and support that plethora of creative midfield talent at the Nou Camp but he struggles defensively.

Shaw has shown in his first full season of Premier League football that he too can charge down that left flank and support his strikers; he also has a wicked left-foot. 

In addition to Alba, though, he has a great defensive head on his young shoulders. He's been part of a back four that have a record that has only been bettered by teams in the title-race. 

Understandably the big English clubs have been linked with a move to Shaw.  

However in a sense he can be wasted in the Premier League.

It's more common at Barcelona that you see the full-backs constantly getting down the wing. You see it in the Premier League, but not as much. 

We know too that Barca could afford any fee to pay the financially astute south coast club. Just look at how much they spent on Neymar.

If a move ever did happen we would only see Shaw blossom even more. Obviously the coaching at Southampton has been brilliant for the youngster. But just imagine how good he could be whilst training with the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta day-in, day-out. 

Furthermore it would surely help the England national team. One criticism we face is that our players aren't fine-tuned to a more continental style, so it would be perfect if some of ou best players could mix it with the best.

Whatever happens or wherever he goes - Luke Shaw has a massive future.

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