Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has been told to snub a move to Tottenham this summer as his future at Old Trafford remains up in the air.
Under Erik ten Hag, Maguire seems surplus to requirements. He’s struggled for regular game time this year and his chances of regaining a starting spot next year seem slim.
In the Premier League, the 30-year-old only started in eight matches. In total, he played just 762 minutes of league football.ttenham have registered an interest in the defender as Ange Postecoglou looks to rebuild his new side from the ground up.
However, Stan Collymore doesn’t think that a move to North London would be the best thing for Maguire’s career right now.
Instead of Spurs, he thinks that Aston Villa could be the best fit for Maguire and what he needs right now.
“Unai Emery is a bit more of an experienced coach at the top level,” Collymore told CaughtOffside.
“I think Villa need a central defender every bit as much as Spurs. If Ange doesn’t start well, the toxicity around the club would be the last thing that Maguire would need, and at Villa there’s the feel-good factor at the moment.
“He can help in the Conference League and Villa is a progressive, upwardly mobile, happy place. If the worst-case scenario happens, he will go from Man United where he’s been seen as the root cause of all the playing problems to Tottenham where if it doesn’t happen in the first 12 games for Postecoglou, there’ll be the ENIC out/Levy out brigade.
“I just think Villa will be better for him as a player and a human being.”Maguire has big decision to make
While Ten Hag is keen on moving Maguire on this summer, reports have claimed that the defender is willing to fight for his place.
As Man Utd are lining up a move for Napoli’s Kim Min-jae, this would see Maguire slip further down the pecking order.
Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez have been the preferred partnership so far under Ten Hag. After an impressive end to the season, Victor Lindelof is also ahead of Maguire in the pecking order.Across all competitions, Maguire only made 16 stars this season which is far fewer than he has managed in previous campaigns.
In order to keep his place in the England set-up, he will need to be playing more regularly. Even Gareth Southgate has admitted this lack of game time can’t continue forever.
“Inevitably it’s not a situation that can continue forever,” Southgate said back in May.“Of course the longer that situation goes on the more concerning it is and we’ve got, in Marc Guéhi, Lewis Dunk, Tyrone Mings, players who are playing well without the same experiences of club European football or international football.
“But we’ve got to keep searching for competition in that area of the pitch.”
Maguire has a big decision to make this summer in regards to his future and time will tell where he does end up.
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