The Battle of the Three-Name Full-Backs

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has finalised his massive money move to Manchester United, complete with a £50 million price tag hanging over his head. Is this now a fair price for a 21-year-old full back, with zero senior international experience? Or is the inflated market going to claim another victim?

This tale of two full-backs prompts a look at 20-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold and what his worth would potentially be.

As everyone by now knows, Alexander-Arnold has had a massive breakthrough season at Liverpool, helping the club win the European Cup for a sixth time with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the Madrid final, also becoming a record holder as the first ever under-21 to start two consecutive Champions League finals.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool attempts to move past Jordi Alba of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Truth be told, the year previous wasn’t too bad for the young Englishman either. A losing finalist in that years Champions League final, he recorded two goals in the competition – compared with none in the winning run. The season that’s now behind him, however, will forever be stuck in the memory as the year of that corner against Barcelona, helping the Reds come back from 3-0 down in the first leg to progress with a 4-0 victory at Anfield.

So what would he be worth, giving the unthinkable that Liverpool sell?

One would have to assume more than that of the transfer of Aaron Wan-Bissaka for starters. Trent’s 12 assists in the Premier League this past season is an astonishing feat, almost matched by his Liverpool teammate Andy Robertson, who managed just the 11 from the other side of defence. Wan-Bissaka managed three, admittedly for a club of less prowess than that of Liverpool. It does separate the two however.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United poses with Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after signing for the club at Aon Training Complex on June 29, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Manchester United/Manchester United via Getty Images)

As of yet, Wan-Bissaka is uncapped at senior international level, Trent has six to his name. Judging by performances it could be a hard task displacing the Liverpudlian in years to come as England’s first choice right-back.

That’s without throwing Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier in that particular equation. Walker is the most experienced at international level with 48 caps. With those two at 28 and 29 years of age, you would assume that the future starts and stops with the three-name full backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Trent’s leadership qualities even at the tender age of just 20 have already shone through at Liverpool, a certainty for the captain’s armband at his boyhood club for many in the not so distant future. His composure, range of passing, pace, decision making and odd goal here and there make it hard to judge just how much he could be worth.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool celebrates at the final whistle with Gerard Pique of Barcelona looking on during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

More than the £50million for his counterpart? Almost certainly. Higher than Virgil van Dijk, at £75million? I would say yes, especially how the transfer market has been going the last few years. No doubt it wouldn’t be very far off anyway.

Here’s hoping we never have to find out exactly how much!

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