Aaron Wan-Bissaka has recently completed a €63m (plus add-ons) move to Manchester United, penning a 5-year deal with an option of an extra year at the Red half of Manchester.
The signing was part of Ole Gunnar Solksjær’s rebuilding plan, after Daniel James was earlier acquired from Swansea City for £15m.
The manager has decided to follow legendary boss, Alex Ferguson’s footsteps of recruiting young and “hungry” players who have a lot of potential, and help them develop into superstar’s, and the two of our signings so far, fulfill that criteria.
Having just won the Crystal Palace Player of the Year and Crystal Palace Fans’ Player of the Year awards, AWB hold a number of records in the 2018/2019 Premier League season; he is the defender with the most tackles, averaging 3.7 tackles per game; most interceptions, averaging 2.4 per game; and the most take-ons.
Since the beginning of 2014/2015 season when Louis van Gaal took over, Manchester United have always relied on Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, both natural wingers, to fill the right-back position, a decision that curtailed fan-favorite, Rafael’s time at Old Trafford.
Matteo Darmian was signed from Torino as a replacement, but he failed to nail down a regular starting place in the starting XI.
Diogo Dalot was signed from FC Porto in the summer of 2018, but he played second fiddle to a preferred Ashley Young throughout the season.
However, it seems that the Red Devils have finally found a lasting solution to their right-back problems ahead of the 2019/2020 season.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka undoubtedly commands a huge upgrade to an ageing and deteriorating Young, boasting of far better defensive records.
Now, we take a look at a number of abilities that the 21-year old possess and which will make him a force to reckon with, for years to come in the Premier League and the whole of Europe.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka completed 1.7 dribbles per game in the Premier League last season, a number which would be envied by a lot of forwards. This ability allows him to run past opposition full-backs at ease: spearheading counter attacks and making crosses should not be a problem for him.
With 3.7 tackles per game in the Premier League last season, Aaron has the best tackling record of all defenders.
He has indeed said in an interview with MUTV that his tackling ability earned him the nickname “The Spider”. What impresses most about his tackles is his ability to win them without committing fouls; he averaged 0.7 fouls per game last season.
Very difficult to beat on a one-on-one, he was dribbled past just 0.3 times per game, proving that he is one to have faith in, even when the deadliest wingers are making runs towards him.
Interceptions, Blockings, Clearances
His stats in that respect are higher than other players in his position, giving off the impression that Aaron is a full-back that reads games well, has full concentration and anticipate attacking moves.
Like every other human, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has his shortcomings too.
His weak contribution in attack has lead to many questions about his suitability. He has an unenviable record of crosses completed, making him no better than Ashley Young in that aspect. However, seeing that he is still 21, there is still room for improvement.