COMMENT By Matt Farr
Tottenham have been strongly linked with a move for Manchester United outcast Luke Shaw this summer, as the Premier League club consider defensive reinforcements.
The Sun claimed last month that the 21-year-old left-back was desperate to be reunited with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, having been discarded at Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho.
However, Tottenham’s potential pursuit of Shaw has been dealt a major setback, as it was reported by the Mirror on Tuesday that the England international has been ruled out for four months with an ankle injury.
That means he is set to miss the start of the season, dealing a crushing blow to his ambitions to seal a summer switch away from Old Trafford.
As a result, Football Insider reveals three alternatives for Pochettino to consider instead of Shaw.
Tottenham already boast arguably the best left-back in English football in Danny Rose, but snapping up another of the nation’s best could be a massive statement of intent for the club.
The 27-year-old has shone since quitting Chelsea for Southampton in 2015, and is easily the next best in England behind Rose.
He has made 31 appearances in all competitions for Southampton this season, contributing three goals and five assists, and could be a valuable addition to the first-team squad at White Hart Lane.
Bertrand’s ability to perform reliably in both defensive and attacking full-back roles ticks the boxes for Pochettino, although he may not settle for playing second-fiddle to Rose.
One of Europe’s most exciting prospects is 22-year-old AS Monaco star, Benjamin Mendy.
The France international only joined Monaco at the start of the season, but has quickly emerged as a first-team regular and a certain star for the future.
But his success this season is not likely to come without heavy interest from abroad over the coming months, and the race for Mendy’s signature could be a priceless one to win for Tottenham.
From his 36 appearances this season, Mendy has supplied an impressive 11 assists, and he certainly won’t come cheap.
On the other hand, Pochettino may not need to pursue a left-back option at all this summer.
In Rose’s recent injury absence, Ben Davies has performed well, and deserves to be kept on board.
A move for a new full-back, whilst retaining the services of Rose, would no doubt spell the end for Davies at Tottenham, but the 23-year-old is a valuable squad player for Pochettino.
He may not be star quality, or a Champions League regular, but the Wales international has shown he is more than capable of fulfilling his first-team requirements when needed.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Daniel Levy has delivered the perfect response to speculation Kyle Walker is set to quit the club.