Sky Sports pundit and all around Manchester United hater Graeme Souness says that he believes Aaron Wan-Bissaka needs to offer more and should be the “full package” given his £50m price-tag.
Wan-Bissaka has been one of United’s more consistent performers this season from the right-back position. While he doesn’t offer what the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold does in attack, he’s one of the best out-and-out defenders in the division.
Only two players in the league make more tackles per game than Wan-Bissaka. He manages 3.8 per game, while Wilfried Ndidi manages 4.0 and Ricardo Pereira makes 4.2. Grame Souness thinks he should offer more than just this.
Souness said: “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?
“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.”