The future of Luke Shaw has been a major talking point for discussion amongst the Man United supporters in the Transfer Tavern so far this season, and the latest rumour has sparked off another debate about where his future should be pursued.
It’s fair to say that Luke Shaw has not quite lived up to expectation since he signed for United from Southampton in 2014, although it’s been through very little fault of his own. Injuries have tarnished his career and forced him to spend the vast majority of his time on the sideline, but even now he is back to full match-fitness his opportunities to impress have been limited by his manager who appears to have little time for the 22-year-old.
Fortunately for Shaw (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt), he is young and has plenty of time remaining in his career to finally live up to his massive potential. After Mourinho’s latest public criticism of Shaw, speculation regarding his future has begun to intensify once more. He has been linked with a handful of clubs in the Premier League, but the latest rumour actually links him with one of the giants of Spanish football, namely FC Barcelona.
According to The Daily Mirror, Barcelona believe Shaw would be a good addition to their squad during the summer transfer window, although they face competition from both Arsenal and Chelsea for his signature. A prospect of a move to Barcelona will undoubtedly be a tantalising one for Shaw to consider, but in the interests of his career he should avoid a move to Catalonia at all costs.
Barcelona as a city and as a club, clearly has its appeal, but Shaw’s career has been stagnating for far too long now, and unless he moves to a club who can guarantee him regular first-team football, it will continue to stagnate for the foreseeable future. Sometimes you have to take a step back before moving forward again, and that’s exactly what Shaw needs to do in his current situation.
A move to a Premier League club who are looking for a new left-back such as Everton would be a far more beneficial move for Shaw in comparison to a flashy switch to Barcelona. Considering the level of potential Shaw has shown in the past, it’s likely that he will have plenty of offers on the table this summer, and it’s crucial he makes the right choice with his transfer to avoid allowing his career to fade into mediocrity.