Alfie Mawson has been one of Swansea City’s standout players in 2017/18. He has featured in every single minute of their Premier League campaign and England’s biggest clubs have all shown interest in signing the 24-year-old this summer.
Whether he heads to the World Cup or not, the centre-back will receive plenty of offers; especially with Swansea now heading down to the Championship.
Incredibly, Mawson failed to scoop one of the coveted accolades at Swansea’s Player of the Season awards night earlier this month. The defender was nominated in three of the main categories but fell short with Jordan Ayew and Lukasz Fabianski coming out on top.
Despite those snubs, Mawson ranks highly in most statistical categories and the England youngster, capped six times for the under-21 national team, has played his way into Gareth Southgate’s thinking ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
With the Premier League season now over, Mawson needed to impress the England boss ahead of the upcoming international friendlies with Nigeria and Costa Rica.
With the Three Lions out at 25/1 to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy for a second time, punters may want to check out the various offers and promotions listed on Winningsportsbets’ website before placing a ‘real money’ wager. If selected, Mawson will be looking to make his mark for the national side in those friendly matches.
Defensively, there are question marks over most of England’s centre-back options. Leicester City’s Harry Maguire has been sublime for his club this season but his lack of experience at international level is concerning.
Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have racked up a combined 51 England caps but their club form has been hit-and-miss. Mawson might just be the most reliable and consistent option out there and Southgate should consider the Swansea star at the very least.
Tottenham Hotspur are the red-hot favourites to sign Mawson ahead of the 2018/19 season and Mauricio Pochettino’s side looks well suited to his characteristics. Spurs are expecting a few key defenders to depart at the end of the campaign and Mawson can help fill the void; Toby Alderweireld is just one of those who could leave.
On his 2017/18 form, Mawson is more than capable of holding his own at the top level of English football – no doubt about it.
Tottenham are set to make a £30m summer move for Ryan Bertrand and are also considering a deal for Alfie Mawson. (Source: Daily Star) pic.twitter.com/vH3OoTJYZ6
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Swansea’s relegation out of the top flight may hinder his chances of an international call-up but it would be foolish for Southgate to dismiss the 24-year-old in that manner.
If the Three Lions boss believes that Mawson isn’t the right fit, that is his decision – most believe that he is ready for international football, though.
However, his impact and influence has been clear for all to see and that is why Tottenham have shown significant interest ahead of the summer transfer window.
With just one month to go until the 2018 World Cup gets underway, time is of the essence for Gareth Southgate. The England boss will be finalising his 23-man squad in the next few days and an announcement is imminent. Based on form alone, Alfie Mawson deserves a spot on the plane to Russia.
If he misses out, that’s just the way it is. He will get his chance at the 2020 European Championships though, that is for sure.