Tottenham on alert after development involving player loved by Pochettino - reliable journalist
By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino is still a major admirer of Manchester United outcast Luke Shaw, according to a reliable journalist.
Telegraph chief football writer Jason Burt took to Twitter to give some insight into Tottenham interest in the left-back after he was omitted from the 20-man squad that United are taking to France for their Europa League clash against St Etienne on Wednesday night.
Burt claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon that White Hart Lane manager Pochettino “remains a big admirer” of Shaw and wondered “if Spurs will try and sign him this summer”.
Luke Shaw not in Man Utd Europa League squad…Pochettino remains a big admirer. Wonder if Spurs will try and sign him this summer
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) February 21, 2017
Shaw, 21, made huge strides when he was managed by Pochettino at Southampton for 18 months before both men left the club in the summer of 2014.
The Argentine took the reins at Tottenham and has transformed the fortunes of the club, while Shaw has failed to make the progress expected since his £27million transfer to United.
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The left-back’s second season was ruined by a double leg fracture but he has failed to carve out a regular first-team spot in the other campaigns, under Jose Mourinho and ex-manager Louis van Gaal.
Both managers have questioned Shaw’s fitness and attitude, and his opportunities have been limited as a result.
Shaw has made just 14 appearances in all competitions this season and has started only six Premier League matches.
The six-times England international missed nearly two months of the campaign with a groin injury but has been fully fit since early January and played the full 90 minutes of the FA Cup fourth-round demolition of Wigan.
It is a major blow to Shaw that he is not deemed to be among United’s 20 best players as they prepare for their last-32 Europa League clash against St Etienne.
Spurs are well fixed in the left-back department, with first choice Danny Rose, who has been one of the club’s players of the season, ably supported by his deputy Ben Davies.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Daniel Levy has lined up the next Spurs arrival as the deal is all but done.