Hi everyone, this is my first attempt fanpost and I want to share thoughts with you guys about Luke Shaw. First of all, I want to stress that I am not a skillful writer and English is not my native language. So there will probably be a lots of grammar mistakes and etc.
So, these are my opinions:
1. Club-Trained Status
Note that the European Competition squad roster didn't have Homegrown rules but they have club-trained and association-trained players. Each of them eat up 4 spots in the 25-man roster.
Now, lets look at our 2013/14 CL squad roster, only Terry, Bertrand and Kalas (iirc) are club-trained, while Lampard, Cole and Cahill are association-trained. Therefore, I feel that we are lacking of quality players that are able to register in the club-trained list. With Terry aging, Bertrand has no future?maybe, we left only Kalas and Chalobah(big IF) to take up the club-trained spot. What I meant to say here is Shaw can become a club-trained player when he transfer to Chelsea and play 3 years at Chelsea. So, why not have a quality club-trained players in the squad?
2. FFP consideration
Many of us here would love to have Shaw but he is too expensive. However, Shaw may not be as expensive as we thought. In FFP, player's value is amortized throughout the player's contract. I believe if we sign Shaw, he will be handed at least a 6 years contract. If the rumoured £30m is true. That means his FFP value is £5m a year + wages (100k x52= £5.2m) = £10.2m. However, his value can be further decrease because I believe he can serves us until 33 years old (like Cole). These transfer make sense because if you look at Cole FFP value this season, he cost us £10.4m (200k wages x52). Letting Cole leave and buy Shaw will not hit us much.
3. Tactical options
When you look at Chelsea's goal kicks this season, you will find out that Cech usually serve the long pass to the right flank where Ivanovic is there to make the aerial challenges. This is due to our front players lack of aerial ability and no ball playing defender. So, if we have Shaw in our line up, Cech or Courtios may have another option at the left due to Shaw has better aerial ability than Azpilicueta.
4. He is the new Mr Chelsea
I think we need a new English Players core in our team when Terry and Lampard retire and Shaw will be perfect fit to this role. Boyhood Chelsea fan and he bleeds blue. What else matter?
Thats all from me. Feel free to comment and I hope you guys understand my English. Haha. Enjoy! #KTBFFH