Thursday, 29 June 2017

Alfie Mawson Making a Name for Himself

Three things are certain in life; death, taxes and England losing a penalty shootout to Germany. England U21s crashed out of the European Championships this week having lost 4-3 on penalties to Germany following a hard fought 2-2 draw in the semi-final.

Despite crashing out of the competition, the England youngsters certainly delivered a string of performances that they can proud of. Swans’ starlet Alfie Mawson wore the captain’s armband for the Three Lion’s youngsters and did an excellent job in doing so. In the group stages, the U21s conceded just one goal in three games, Mawson part of the defence that helped to keep clean sheets against Sweden and Poland.
The 23-year-old, who has recently stated his desire to captain both club and country, even scored the equaliser against Slovakia. However, unfortunately for the Swans, Mawson’s form is attracting the Premier League big boys and Tottenham are said to be considering a £15million offer. Though, surely if Mauricio Pochettino does believe Mawson has the potential to captain both his club and country then Spurs should go ahead and submit that £15million offer?

Mawson is already a fine defender and leader but at 23, still has bags of potential waiting to be unlocked. The former Barnsley man may have only experienced one season in the top flight but he has clearly made a big impression, but will it be lasting? There is no doubt that Mawson will continue his fine form of last season and help to form part of a solid back line at the Liberty Stadium.
And should the 23-year-old continue to develop at a rapid rate, that £15million is likely to rise even further and even more so given the fact he is English. Virgil van Djik is being flouted at a staggering £60million and it’s not impossible that Mawson will one day be deemed worth that much.

With over a decade left to play at the top level, if Spurs were to acquire Mawson for just £15million, it would certainly be a steal for the potential super star. However, the Jacks should certainly knock any bid back as if Mawson is to leave South Wales, getting another year or two out of the defender would be great on the pitch and it may also see his price tag rocket which of course is great news for transfer funds.

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