COMMENT by Russell Edge
Newcastle United should be pouncing on the opportunity to strike a deal for Manchester United defender Luke Shaw after he was reportedly told he would be allowed to leave in January.
The Sun claim on their website that the 22-year-old left back will be allowed to depart Old Trafford on a loan deal in the winter transfer market by boss Jose Mourinho, after a major breakdown in the duo’s relationship.
The report states that Shaw and Mourinho are currently not on speaking terms and that the Portuguese manager has ruled the youngster out of first team action for the rest of the season.
He has made just two appearances for Manchester United this season, both coming in the League Cup, and has only 49 outings in three-and-a-half seasons at the club under his belt.
Shaw, a seven-time-capped England international, is said to be desperate to secure a move away in a bid to secure more game time as he looks to put himself in contention for a place in the Three Lions’ squad for next summer’s World Cup finals.
As a result Rafael Benitez should make the Red Devils’ loss his own gain and secure a deal for a player who would be the perfect solution to an on-going issue on Tyneside.
The injury suffered to Paul Dummett on the opening day of the season left the Spanish manager without a recognised left back, with Massadio Haidara also injured, and as a result has made use of natural right backs Jesus Gamez and Javier Manquillo and centre back Chancel Mbemba in a bid to plug the gap.
A loan move for Shaw would offer a low risk fix for the Magpies, and his desire to prove himself would likely result in him rediscovering his best form, something which could push Benitez and his men up the table.
As such, securing a deal for the youngster is a must when the January transfer window comes around.
In other Newcastle United news, a report has revealed the extraordinary lengths this outcast is going to in order to force Benitez’s hand.