The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been impressed by Luke Shaw’s dramatic improvement at the club so far this season, but recent reports suggest that he has not done enough to convince Jose Mourinho of his quality just yet.
Luke Shaw was touted as one of the nations brightest stars when he burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old for Southampton over half a decade ago, but since he earned a big-money move to Manchester United his career has disappointingly stagnated, partially due to a handful of injuries which have served to plague his career so far.
However, he has shown dramatic signs of improvement this year when he has been called upon by Mourinho who has not held back in his criticism of the full-back in the past. Shaw’s inclusion throughout December and January suggested that Mourinho was easing him back into contention to eventually become the clubs first-choice left-back in the future, but reports from The Daily Mirror which claim Juventus’ full-back Alex Sandro (valued at £36 million by Transfermarkt) is a target for the club seem to have disproved that notion.
Alex Sandro is a long-term Chelsea target who would command an astronomical transfer fee to be prized away from The Old Lady, and if Mourinho was successful in his pursuit there is no doubt that the Brazilian would be firmly above Shaw in the pecking order. According to the report, Sandro would cost in the region of £70 million, which certainly doesn’t represent the price of a player who will be expecting to sit on the bench all too often.
With that to consider, it’s fair to say that Shaw would be wise to consider making a transfer away from Old Trafford next summer in a bid to attain regular first-team football. Although Shaw is only 22-years-old, his career is in danger of fading into mediocrity unless he begins to acquire more minutes on the pitch in the near future, so it’s imperative that he makes a bold decision to leave the club next summer if Mourinho decides to use him as a back-up player.
Shaw still has a huge potential to fulfil in English football and plenty of time from which to do so, but his career has been treading along for far too long now, so he must change that at the end of the season by pursuing his career at another Premier League club where his first-team opportunities will be easier to come by.