Luke Shaw to Tottenham isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds


It’s likely that Tottenham fans won’t be overjoyed by reports in the Mirror claiming the Lilywhites will be bidding for Luke Shaw this summer.

The newspaper suggest that Spurs could move for the left-back if Manchester City tempt Danny Rose away from White Hart Lane.

While it’s almost impossible to envisage Daniel Levy allowing Rose, one of his prize assets, to leave for City, signing Shaw actually makes sense.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino knows the 21-year-old having helped to bring him through the Southampton academy into the first team.

This season has been a disaster for him at United, with Jose Mourinho’s man-management of the defender leaving a lot to be desired.

Despite costing the Red Devils £27million, he’s now their fourth choice behind Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, and Matteo Darmian.

Shaw’s career is at a crossroads, and only one man can save him: Pochettino.

Rose is a perfect example of why Shaw can be rejuvenated in north London. Rose was far from a top international player when Pochettino took over, but the Argentine has completely transformed him.

And even if Rose stays, and all the indications are that he will, Shaw would be a more suitable back-up than Ben Davies.

Neither is blessed with an abundance of pace, so Spurs are always going to struggle in Rose’s absence.


Davies, though, has never looked like a Champions League player. Shaw has, even if he looks a shadow of that player now.

A horrific leg break against PSV Eindhoven in 2015 has proved a massive stumbling block, but his problems are primarily borne out of a lack of confidence.

Tottenham, and Pochettino in particular, could well be the best place for him to get his career back on track, even if it is as a number two.

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