There's a lot for Harry Maguire to be big steps now.
Last summer, he was a cult hero for the England World Cup campaign.
This summer, the most expensive English player of all time, the most expensive defender on the planet – and the new cornerstone of Manchester United's back row.
Few would argue that a better shot could not have happened.
Maguire has always had a sense of comeback – one of those rare modern players who seems to have a real connection with supporters.
The name, the build, the solid features that only a mother can love, the great power that led England to the quarter-finals of the World Cup and formed the line for his anthem, "he said on his head ****** g en masse '!
Maguire looks like a sepia-colored Busby Babe. If he took the tram to Old Trafford on match days, after you dropped Woodby on the platform, you wouldn't be too surprised.
But for £ 85million, United had to land the world's best young defender in Matisse de Ligt, rather than the 26-year-old struggling for pace and tendency to make mistakes.
Lack of speed
It is a shining example of United's diminished status that could not be taken over by the 19-year-old Dutchman who moved from Ajax to Juventus for £ 17.5m less than Maguire.
Juve's brilliant Argentine international, Paulo DiBala, did not even want to play for United, robbing him of a potential deal with Romelu Lukaku.
The Old Trafford club has been far from the true European elite for six years – so there will be young world-class players who hardly remember Sir Alex Ferguson's United.
Pep Guardiola was at his coveted best after Sunday's Community Shield when he claimed Maguire's signing turned United into contenders, while insisting Manchester City could not afford the Englishman.
From last season's documentary Amazon we know Guardiola thinks Maguire's lack of speed is a significant weakness.
Guardiola told Kevin De Bruyn: 'The guy (Maguire) is not fast. You will find space here. "
United will not compete with City and Liverpool this season, despite spending more than Maguire, Aaron Van-Bissaka, Dan James and, most likely, Mario Mandzukic.
This was a cute little puncture in Guardiola's shot.
Since City are getting a lot of grief over their spending, why not point out that United are the real exaggerated consumers – with City also happy to inflate the price of Maguire and the disastrous £ 52m Fred as well as Alexis Sanchez's salaries.
So, is Maguire a big upgrade for Phil onesons, who once made comparisons to Duncan Edwards but never started with it?
Maguire is far more than just a big halftime.
He is good on the ball and likes uncontrolled pitch.
But he certainly does not enjoy the sense of impatience possessed by Liverpool's Virgil Van Dyke, the man who has been rehabilitating him as the hottest defender in the world.
Maguire has an error in him and when you are a £ 85m United player, those mistakes will be done in full glare.
It is stupid to pretend that the huge transfer fee does not cause pressure.
ANGLAND 215 million pounds
And the vast majority of United's biggest signings after Ferguson bombed – from Angel Di Maria to Memphis Depay, to Henrikh Mihitarjan to poor Fred – with Lukaku and Paul Pogba hard to burn down.
Mandzukic will bring United's spending on Ferguson into the £ 1bn violin over a six-year period, which has ranged from the English champions to regulars and regulars in the Europa League.
Of course, there is a premium for English players which means that Maguire is far from the only man burdened with a dropping fee.
England boss Gareth Southgate can now find a back-four that cost £ 215m – Kyle Walker, Johnstone Stones, Maguire and Luke Shaw.
However, Maguire will be overseen, playing in the team's deadlock, for a manager who feels short-term – in a club with high expectations, but in a room obsessed with commercialism.
Now he will need wide shoulders to support that old leg of his.
EVEN for the chief skeptic of WAR, as I am, the journey to the Premier League referees has given some reassurance about the introduction of a terrific system this season.
The "light touch" approach favored by head of referees Mike Riley and VAR master Neil Swarbrick should make technology less intrusive in the Premier League than elsewhere in world football.
For example, delays in the game should be limited to the 'spared' use of the referee for refereeing (where the referees can see duplicates on a small screen).
And the Premier League guidelines also set a limit on three real-time reps by WAR and limited use of slow motion – with Swarbrick acknowledging the truth that solo often distorts reality.
However, I still envision widespread chaos.
Oh, and one fun find from my visit to the suburbs of West London – the room where the VAR-ing takes place, is adorned with huge action shots of the judges themselves.
Mauricio Pochettino has done a remarkable job in the last five years in Tottenham.
But the more he expresses dissatisfaction, the less likely he is to move to a bigger club.
Because, for all its might, it is the dumb truth that the Argentine is a high-maintenance boss who has never won a trophy.
THE TREE IS GOSEM
DESCRIPTION How often Steve Smith seemed unbeatable as he scored a total of 286 runs during the First Ash Test, he was really out for 31 years in the first starts – before the leg in front of Stuart Brod, without offering a stroke.
Only the DRS indicated that the ball would miss out on a small stump – even though every umpire in the world knew Smith was morally out.
Ball tracking for lbws is a computer hit rather than a block assumption.
And the block understands the ethos of the game far better than the computer.
SCOTT TO HAPPEN
Many of us believe that the best thing on Twitter is the silence of Mascots Minute, discovered by @MascotSilence.
This is a follow-up to photos of football teams that evoke pre-match memories as the mascot beside them bows their soft heads to comedy.
These snaps tend to be most friendly when our cartoon friends have huge smiles on their faces.
So we look forward to seeing Wigan Athletic's new 'Crust Pie' man pay tribute long ago.
This is what the deceased would want.