10 things you didn’t know about Harry Maguire

first_imgThe Harry Maguire transfer saga has been rumbling on all summer but has finally been signed and sealed.Manchester United have landed the 26-year-old for £85million, ending his two-year spell with Leicester City. Getty Images – Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 9. He has not always been a centre-backSheffield United academy manager John Pemberton is the man who can take credit for Maguire’s development into a centre-back.Up until he was 16 he played in midfield but he was switch to defence and he flourished.“I won’t play you centre midfield while I’m manager here,’” Pemberton told The Times. “As a midfielder, lots of people can do what you do. But as a centre half, no one can do what you can do with a football. 3 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers TROPHY Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Harry Maguire could still join Manchester United before the transfer window closes They finally met a suitable asking price, following plenty of haggling, which is a world record fee for a defender.United were in desperate need of a new centre-back, especially with Eric Bailly being ruled out for a significant amount of time with a knee injury.Here at talkSPORT.com, we have found 10 facts about Maguire that you may not have known. LIVE on talkSPORT My pic on the new £50 note! The fact that it’s @England player @HarryMaguire93 on an inflatable unicorn makes me smile more than anything. Please sign the petition at https://t.co/7GowlzpRK4 and my life’s work won’t be in vain. pic.twitter.com/ezMoxUVdzr— Eddie Keogh (@eddie_keogh) October 17, 20187. He is nicknamed ‘slabhead’The rather unflattering nickname was given to him by Jamie Vardy.After Maguire scored his goal against Sweden in the World Cup, the striker gatecrashed the press conference after the game and said to his team-mate: “Hi, this is Jamie Vardy from Vardy News – what is the diameter of your head?”8. He was named in League One team of the season three timesMaguire came through the academy at Sheffield United and quickly made his way into the first-team.While the Blades were languishing in League One, the defender was their standout player.Three years in a row he was named in the PFA League One team of the season and was also player of the season for the club from 2012 to 2014. 3 New job 4. Harry isn’t his first nameHis full name is Jacob Harry Maguire but he goes by Harry.5. He went to Euro 2016 as a fanAt the time, Maguire had just won promotion to the Premier League with Hull City and he travelled to France with his mates to support England.Little did he know that he would be part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the 2018 World Cup and be one of England’s heroes as they reached the semi-final. 2 years on… have a good trip lads 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/b0PzlsXiJY— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) June 24, 20186. Fans wanted him to be on the new £50 noteFollowing his World Cup heroics for England, a fan launched a petition to get a picture of him riding an inflatable unicorn on the new £50 note.The petition eventually received 50,000 signatures but he was not selected. Mathematician Alan Turing was eventually chosen to be on the note. FAREWELL The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested 1. He was an A* student at schoolNot only did Maguire show talent on the football pitch from a young age, he also was gifted in the classroom.His former deputy headteacher, Sue Cain, said: “He had his head screwed on even at that age. He did everything you asked him to do and he never questioned why. He was popular, and he was huge.“Even at a young age he was very tall but he has filled out since then too. He towered over the other teams. He got A* and A grades in his GCSEs.“I think he would have gone on to study business or maths and probably would have been an accountant. He was very capable academically.” 3 2. He was not just a talented footballerThe centre-back played a multitude of sports from a young age and did not focus solely on football until later on in his teens.He credits cross country for his stamina, rugby for “my bravery, weaving in and out of players, helping with agility” and hockey for “my vision and passing”.3. Footballing talent runs in the familyHis brothers are also footballers too with Laurence playing for Chesterfield in the National League while Joe plays for Northern Premier League side Gainsborough Trinity.Laurence was recently selected for the England C side, a team for under-23 players who are outside the football league. 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And he took everything on board. We worked on playing out from the back, accepting the mistakes if they made them, but starting a lot of our attacks from the centre backs and full backs. And he took to it like a duck to water.“He could defend, he could head it, he’s strong, he read the game very well. But what always marked him out as different from everyone else is the way he can handle the ball.”10. Rio Ferdinand and John Terry were his idolsIt is easy to see why Maguire looked up to and aspired to be like Ferdinand and Terry.“The two greatest centre-halves when I was growing up were John Terry and Rio Ferdinand,” said Maguire, who was speaking at his previous club Hull City in 2016/17.“I really looked up to them, especially Rio Ferdinand, because he brought the ball out of defence really well. Very comfortable on the ball and he had a bit of everything in his prime. A great centre-half in his time.”last_img read more