COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Jose Mourinho’s recent comments about Luke Shaw could have opened the door for a reunion between the left-back and his former manager at Tottenham.
Since returning from a leg break earlier this season Shaw has failed to make much of an impact for Manchester United and has made just 15 league and cup appearances this term.
Mourinho has instead preferred to explore other options at left-back such as Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind, Marcus Rojo and even Ashley Young.
Today it was reported in The Sun that Mourinho had criticised Shaw, saying, “I cannot compare the way he trains, the way he way he commits, the focus, the ambition. I cannot compare. He is a long way behind.”
There has been much speculation about where Shaw could end up following Mourinho’s lack of faith in the England left back – even before today’s comments.
Previously The Mirror had reported that Tottenham could provide an escape route for Shaw if he agreed to take a pay cut.
So is Tottenham a suitable destination for the 21-year-old, who cost Man United a staggering £32million?
It certainly is if he wants to link up with his former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Shaw played under Pochettino for a season and a half at Southampton, from January 2013 until the end of the 2013/2014 season.
Come the summer of 2014 Shaw moved to Manchester United and Pochettino made the move to Spurs.
Shaw flourished under Pochettino’s guidance and became one of Europe’s hottest prospects – he featured 38 times in all competitions for the Saints in 2013/2014 and earned himself an England call-up.
He could clearly do with the Argentine’s softer approach in order to revitalise his career after a difficult three seasons at Old Trafford.
Plus, if Shaw wants to prove himself to the footballing world again, the best place to do that is on the Champions League stage – something Tottenham should definitely be able to offer next season.
The only issue with this move is Danny Rose. Rose has become one of the finest left-backs in world football this season – so there are no guarantees that Shaw would be guaranteed first-team football at Spurs.
After Mourinho’s comments though, Shaw would probably be anywhere else but Old Trafford at the moment.
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