Tottenham supporters have been pretty upbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side begin their quest for a first FA Cup title since 1991 with a routine 3-0 success over League One outfit AFC Wimbledon last weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men haven’t won any silverware since lifting the League Cup crown back in 2008, meaning that their trophy drought is now longer than North London rivals Arsenal’s infamous barren spell between 2005 and 2014. Yet Spurs got their FA Cup campaign off to the perfect start on Sunday as a brace from Harry Kane as well as a Jan Vertonghen strike secured a comfortable victory over Neal Ardley’s men, earning Pochettino’s team a fourth round clash with Newport County at the end of the month.
Consequently, there have been many happy Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their club could go on to achieve in the second half of the season, both domestically and on the European stage.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that target Ryan Sessegnon will not be sold by Championship side Fulham this month.
And while there’s little doubt that the 17-year-old would have been a fine addition, Pochettino must now forget about the England youth international, and instead focus all his efforts on bringing Luke Shaw to the North London club.
The 22-year-old has struggled for regular minutes at Old Trafford under current boss Jose Mourinho, but with proven success in the Premier League before, both with Southampton and in the early stages of his United career, the left-back would be a low-risk option in comparison to Sessegnon, who has never played at top-flight level.
More importantly though, Shaw has produced some of his best football – football that ultimately earned him the move to United – under current Spurs chief Pochettino during their time at Southampton.
It was on the South Coast that the Argentine gave the 22-year-old his chance in the first team, an opportunity Shaw grabbed with both hands to suggest that he enjoys working under Pochettino, and could well produce that level of performance again were he to move to Tottenham.
Yes, things haven’t gone particularly well for the England international in recent times, and as such fans may well be sceptical of such move, but there’s little doubt that Shaw has the ability and potential to go on and become a quality left-back, both for club and country – it wasn’t that long ago that he was touted to be England’s next long-term left-back.
And with Danny Rose possibly on his way out of Tottenham, with United themselves reportedly interested, Pochettino knows that reinforcements to his full back options may be needed this month, especially given how impressive and influential Rose has been in the last few years.
Thus, with a move for Sessegnon seemingly off this month, a reunion with £13.5 million-rated Shaw (as per Transfermarkt) at Spurs has to be the aim for manager Pochettino between now and January 31.
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