Whilst that is true, for an 18 year old he has quite a lot of experience playing at the top level (relative to other 18's). He's still got lots of potential which may or may not be reached, but he's already progressed significantly to be a solid player for us IMO.I don't know why everyone uses the Rio transfer as a comparison to this. He was 23, already played a bucketload for Leeds (who previously spent nearly £20m for him) and had around 40 England caps already. He was a sure thing, Shaw, for all his talent, isn't, no 18 year old ever really is.
Still, I don't care, I'm glad we got him.
I'm not head over heals happy with this signing, I recon we could have got a good enough left back elsewhere for less, allowing us to invest elsewhere in the squad. However, I'm much more confident than I would normally be with 18 year olds that he's likely to succeed.