Southampton starlet Luke Shaw has had an incredible season; winning his first cap for England, becoming one of the Premier League's leading defenders and being linked with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea - but he is apparently too dopey to let any of it go to his head.
That is according to his teammate at St Mary's, James Ward-Prowse. However, it was a jest in an interview that predominantly sung the praises of his good friend, who is taking the Premier League by storm. Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly in a £27million battle over his signature in the summer, though the price could rise if Shaw goes to the World Cup and performs well.
“We knew Luke growing up as the dopey, slow one of the group. To see him going out and playing for England is quite strange," said Ward-Prowse in The Mirror.
Despite the success of Shaw's breakthrough into the Southampton starting XI, getting his first senior England cap and being linked with moves to the likes of Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, Ward-Prowse insisted the 18-year-old was not getting 'big time' about it. The two came through the famous Southampton youth system together and Ward-Prowse believes Shaw has hardly changed for his success.
“He’s a good lad and you hear about some players changing and becoming a different player, but he’s become a better person for it I think," he added.
“Luke’s a really good mate of mine. He doesn’t have a life. He doesn’t drive, so he’s just stuck inside playing FIFA. I don’t think he is learning to drive – I am egging him on to do it.
“Credit to Luke, he’s dealt with it well. With all the media side of it, the attention he has had, he has coped with it really well and not let it get to him."