Tottenham Hotspur will offer Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw an exit route this summer should he fail to break into the first team at Old Trafford, according to Yahoo Sport.
The England international has struggled to get a game for the Red Devils this season after recovering from a horrific leg break in 2015, with manager Jose Mourinho questioning the player’s desire and fitness levels.
— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) December 29, 2016
The former Chelsea coach has tended to utilise either Marcos Rojo or Daley Blind at left-back, sparking debate as to whether the 21-year-old should stay in Manchester for the benefit of his career.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino worked with Shaw at Southampton and is widely known as one of the player’s biggest admirers.
However, with fellow England international Danny Rose currently occupying the left-back position at White Hart Lane, it remains to be seen whether a deal for his former player would be a smart allocation of transfer funds for the Argentinean manager.
Shaw, who last appeared in the Premier League in late October, is reportedly happy to stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford despite being omitted from Mourinho’s squads to face Hull City and Leicester City.
Such a fall from grace was highly unexpected for the young star, who was tipped as one of the best young talents England had to offer after breaking through under Pochettino at Southampton.
A player of his undoubted class would still be an exceptional asset to have, however, as Spurs look to maintain and build a squad to challenge for title again next year.
The North London outfit- along with the rest of the Premier League- have been blown away by the ruthless, combative nature of rivals Chelsea this season, with Antonio Conte’s side nine points clear at the top of the table.
While there is still plenty of football to play this year, Pochettino will know that any potential signings in the summer will have to hit the ground running, something that hasn’t happened this campaign.
Over £40 million was spent on bringing Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen to White Hart Lane, yet both players have been extremely poor for the club and are nowhere near the class of the current XI.
Daniel Levy will not let that happen again this year, so moving for Shaw – a young, pacey full-back with Premier League experience- could prove to be a shrewd acquisition for Spurs come the summer.