Since his move to Manchester United in 2019 on a 80 million pounds transfer fee, Harry Maguire became the most expensive defender.

A high ceiling was bestowed on him by the world due to his transfer fee. To date, he has never lived up to his expectations, he has regressed each and every season.

Let’s take a look at his career path;

In the 2011-12 season, Maguire was promoted to the first-team squad, making his debut after coming on as a half-time substitute for Sheffield United.

He went on to become a key starting player in Sheffield’s place, helping them to secure Championship promotion status.

He attracted interest from Manchester United and Hull City. Hull City against all odds won his signature in the 2014-15 season in a deal worth 2.5 million pounds.

He did not make his Premier League debut until 20 December, when he replaced the injured Curtis Davies for the final 13 minutes of a home loss against Swansea.

His spell did not go well for Maguire after he only made six appearances which made him go on a one-month loan with Wigan in 2015.

In 2016–17, manager Mike Phelan made Maguire a first-team regular at Hull City. The team was however relegated that season.

On 15 June 2017, Maguire signed for Premier League club Leicester City on a five-year contract for an initial £12 million fee which proved to be his stepping stone as one of the elite defenders in the Premier League.

It was in 2019 when Manchester United broke the bank for his signing making him the most expensive defender. This eclipsed Liverpool’s signing of Virgil van Dijk in January 2018- £75 million.

He is now a shell of his former self. He is erratic, makes silly mistakes, and is no longer a leader despite being a captain.

“Yes, it’s been a tough spell – no hiding away from that,” Maguire admitted.


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