Graeme Souness claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signing not worth £50million fee
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is yet to justify his £50million transfer fee despite an encouraging first season at Manchester United, according to Graeme Souness.
The 22-year-old became the second signing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign when he moved to Old Trafford from Crystal Palace last summer.
Wan-Bissaka has established himself as United’s first choice right-back ahead of Diogo Dalot and has impressed with his defensive aptitude.
By his own admission, however, the England Under-21 international needs to improve his attacking output. He has provided just two assists this season, compared to the 12 registered by his Liverpool and England rival Trent Alexander-Arnold and Souness believes a player who commanded such a hefty transfer fee should be the ‘complete package’.
‘The stats say that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is one of the Premier League’s top tacklers, but should he not be a bit more than that for £50 million? ‘ he told The Times.
‘Should he not be the complete package as a right back at that price? He’s good defensively and one on one, but it’s the other end of the game, which is so important for a full back now, that he’s not so good at, namely getting into the last third and delivering the right ball.
‘I’d also like to see him stay on his feet more, rather than lunging into last-minute challenges.
‘I’d rather have a defender who anticipates danger and deals with it without having to go on their backside all the time, which tells me you’re not reading the game, than the top tackler.
‘The minute you go to ground today, fouls will be given against you. Tackling is basically not allowed any more, it’s discouraged in modern football and that trend is only going to continue.’
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