COMMENT By Matt Farr
Jose Mourinho enjoys putting his own stamp on proceedings, and right now, he is looking to remove some of the dead weight in his Manchester United squad.
Morgan Schneiderlin has already been shipped-off to Everton, while Memphis Depay is reportedly nearing a move to Lyon.
However, Mourinho is not likely to stop there, and left-back Luke Shaw – who cost the club £30million back in 2014 – could be the next United flop headed for the exit.
The Independent claim that Tottenham have been earmarked as potential buyers, but the London gitants should refrain from any potential move for Shaw at all costs.
There is no doubt the England international has talent. At 21-years-old, that talent is still largely undiscovered, but his career at Old Trafford has been blighted by injuries. Sadly, that is why it just hasn’t worked out.
Shaw has managed just 13 appearances in all competitions this season, and has not featured for the club since the EFL Cup victory over West Ham on November 30.
A move away from the club for regular first-team football could be beneficial for Shaw, but Tottenham is not the right destination for him. That is purely because of Danny Rose.
Rose has been in scintillating form for Tottenham in recent seasons, and has established himself as arguably one of the best full-backs in England, and perhaps the best.
The 26-year-old offers so much to Mauricio Pochettino’s side, including in the final-third, where he has contributed two goals and four assists from 19 appearances this season.
In his current form, not even a player of Shaw’s potential can compete with him; which is why Tottenham should not be looking beyond Rose as their first-choice left-back for years to come.
Shaw is no doubt being coveted as a replacement for Rose, should he depart the club, but there should be absolutely no intention of letting him leave at any stage.
Rose has a contract at White Hart Lane that runs until 2021, and Tottenham must ensure he sees that out.
Manchester United will want to recoup as much of the £30 million they paid for him two years ago, so to land Shaw, Tottenham will need to offer a similar price.
But with Rose in this form, it would be a waste of money for Pochettino to go out and spend £30 million on another left-back.
Having recovered from several long-term injuries, including a devastating broken-leg, Shaw has plenty of convincing to do. Not just to Mourinho and Manchester United, but to all those who are aware of his potential.
Mourinho is growing frustrated at his lack of development, and that should be a concern for Pochettino too.
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