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Shaw gets Le Saux backing

Southampton left-back Luke Shaw will develop into a better player by staying at Southampton, according to Graeme Le Saux.

The 17-year-old has received rave reviews for impressive displays on the left of Nigel Adkins’ defence this season which has led to Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all chasing his signature.

However, the teenager has opted to spurn the advances of the top clubs and instead sign a long-term deal with Southampton and Le Saux feels he has made the right decision.

“There’s no hurry for (Shaw) to leave Southampton at the moment,” he told Goal.com.

“His impact on the Premier League has been initially very, very good.

“Ultimately you have to look at the long-term benefit of the player. Playing regularly for Southampton is helping his development more at the moment than being at one of the top two or three clubs and being sat in the under-21s.”

The former England international played in Shaw’s favoured position for both Southampton and Chelsea.

He suggests although the youngster may eventually move to a bigger club, Southampton can nurture him into a top talent.

“I think you always have these situations with ‘smaller’ clubs and younger players who are developing,” Le Saux said.

“The reality is if someone breaks into the first team and does well they attract interest from other clubs.

“It’s how you protect that player and how long you protect that player for before the reality sets in before you’ve got to let them go to develop and fulfil their potential.

“Southampton over the years have produced some fantastic players and they have a great development centre.

“They are really family-orientated club so young players feel very much part of and connected with the club, they don’t feel isolated. It’s obviously proved very successful in the past.”

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have moved from St Mary’s to Arsenal in recent years, while Gareth Bale left for Tottenham.

Thu 10 January, 2013
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