Manchester United were able to script their second signing of the summer as reports emerged that Crystal Palace had agreed to a £50 million transfer fee for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. A medical is due soon as is an official confirmation from the club.
The 21-year-old right-back has been one of the most promising defenders in the Premier League last season and commands a style of play that is exciting and worthy of the side that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wishes to craft at Old Trafford.
However, there are many skeptics of the youngster who feel that the price paid is far too high and that too for talent from Crystal Palace.
Market inflation, age-based potential, and comparative analyses aside, there are a set of statistics that above everything else paint Wan-Bissaka as a formidable signing.
There has been an important graphic outlining the starlet’s statistics from last season and they certainly indicate that he was the best right-back in the Premier League.
The English sensation managed to top the charts for most clearances, most tackles won, most take-ons completed, most interceptions and the highest tackle success rate.
These figures indicate that Wan-Bissaka is more than just a treat for the eyes and commands great skill at the back. Defensive problems have long plagued United with last season proving to be an awful cumulative effort in that regard.
However, what is most vital is for these statistics to convert well at Old Trafford and for the youngster to gel well with Solskjaer’s tactics. At the same time, it is also important to note that the ideal United full-back also has to be a formidable runner capable of making dangerous crosses.
Regardless, a coherent defensive back-four will go a long way, a feat that both Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot were unable to provide last season.
United have had chart-topping signings in the past as well and it will be vital to see which route the starlet will take.