Maguire the main man; credits Getty Images
Harry Maguire has been in outstanding form this season for Mike Phelan’s Hull City side.
The 23-year-old central defender came through the ranks at Sheffield United before Hull took the plunge in July 2014 and signed him for £2.5m on a three-year contract.
He joined just a month after facing the Tigers in the FA Cup semi-final, no doubt impressing then Hull manager Steve Bruce.
At the Blades, Maguire was player of the year for three consecutive years and it won’t be long before his teammates at the Tigers recognise his contribution too.
I watched him against West Ham at the London Stadium and he was superb, everything you want a central defender to be.
He was aggressive, on the front foot, he read play, intercepted well, was composed on the ball, dominated Andy Carroll in the air and won his ground battles too.
At set pieces for, Maguire was an obvious threat, particularly when West Ham manager Slaven Bilic put Michail Antonio man marking him, to allow Carroll to mark the near post space.
Only two goal line clearances kept Maguire’s name off the score sheet so he is a weapon in both boxes and he has far too much jumping power for all but the strongest players in The Premier League.
Currently playing in a back three, when used to a back four, for his age Maguire is tactically aware of his new responsibilities and hasn’t publicly vocalised his concerns of the 3-5-2 system Phelan has employed.
This shows me he has a desire to keep his head down and be the best he can be.
Hull this week recognised his efforts by triggering a one year extension to his contract and is one to watch.