Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are relishing the new era at Goodison Park following the appointment of Marco Silva as the new Toffees manager last month.
The former Hull City and Watford boss replaces Sam Allardyce following the Englishman’s departure at the end of last season, this all despite leading the Merseyside outfit to an eighth place finish in the Premier League. However, he did so in a way not well received by Evertonians, with many thrilled to see 40-year-old Silva take over from the former England chief ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
Thus, there are many excited and indeed expectant Toffees fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports suggesting that left back Luke Shaw is set to be offered a new deal by Manchester United.
But with things clearly not working for the £13.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) at Old Trafford, Everton must give him a decision to make by launching a summer move for the 22-year-old.
Ultimately, the England international simply hasn’t been able to replicate his Southampton form since moving to the North West back in 2014, with the left back mustering just 66 senior appearances for the Red Devils, only 43 of which have come in the Premier League.
Injuries have certainly played a part in his struggles, as has his seemingly strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho, to the point that winger Ashley Young has become the number one left back at Old Trafford.
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Thus, while United are reportedly set to offer the Englishman a new deal, Shaw must weigh up whether it’s a contract he wishes to sign, as his future prospects at the Premier League giants look pretty bleak.
And that is why Everton must seek to give him a decision to make by launching a move this summer, as with Leighton Baines reaching the twilight of his career, Shaw could well become the next long-term left back at Goodison Park.
33-year-old Baines has been a terrific servant to the Toffees down the years, but his injury during last term provided a glimpse of what things will look like after his departure, with no one currently at the club really in a position to fill his shoes – Shaw could though.
Yes, things have been a struggle at United, but there is little doubting that the 22-year-old is one of the most talented young defenders in the division – there’s a reason he was touted to be England’s next best left back a matter of years ago.
And regular football at a top club like Everton could be exactly what he needs to re-discover his best form, which can only be good news for Silva, for Shaw himself, and indeed for England manager Gareth Southgate, who is sure to want the 22-year-old to get back to his best.
As such, Everton must seek to make a move for the left back this summer, thus giving him something to think about regarding his future at United.
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