Tottenham supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side breeze past Swansea City 3-0 in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday, thus earning a last four clash against Manchester United next month.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men got the better of AFC Wimbledon, Newport County, and Rochdale to reach the last eight of the world’s oldest club competition, yet they certainly made hard work of it having needed replays to see off the latter two lower league clubs. Regardless, Spurs were comfortable at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as a Christian Eriksen double alongside Erik Lamela’s first half strike secured a comprehensive victory for Pochettino’s side, thus earning them a meeting with 12-times FA Cup winners United in the semi-finals.
As such, there have been several buoyant Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, many of whom are hoping their team can finally end their decade-long trophy drought by going on to win the FA Cup come the end of the season.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking them with a summer move for United defender Luke Shaw, who looks set to leave Old Trafford after another barrage of criticism from manager Jose Mourinho over the weekend.
And with reports suggesting that Danny Rose could be headed the other way, a possible swap deal involving the two full backs would undoubtedly be great business by Pochettino’s Tottenham.
Ultimately, Rose has struggled to re-discover his form of 18 months ago since returning to the Spurs side after injury, to the point that Wales international Ben Davies has regularly kept his place ahead of the Englishman.
27-year-old Rose has managed just six Premier League appearances this season and certainly hasn’t lit things up in the same way he did at times last season, with his place in England’s World Cup squad potentially in doubt given his lack of football at Tottenham.
Thus, as of now, it certainly wouldn’t be the end of the world were Spurs to cash in on £27 million-rated Rose (as per Transfermarkt), and if they were to get the supremely talented Shaw in return, it would represent an excellent piece of business.
And that’s because Pochettino has already got the best out of Shaw in his young career to date, having brought the left back into the Southampton side during his stint in charge at St Mary’s.
The 22-year-old arguably played his best football of his career under the Argentine on the South Coast, thus earning him a move to United and indeed seven England caps, to the point that he was widely tipped to be the future number one left back for the national team.
And while there have been signs of promise during his time at United, Shaw simply hasn’t put the consistency together under Mourinho, yet that is something he has already proven to do under Pochettino to suggest that the Argentine can again get the best out of him at Spurs.
And given he is five years younger than compatriot Rose, bringing Shaw in would also be another nod to the future as Pochettino seeks to build a side capable of challenging for major honours for many years to come.
Getting the best out of Shaw can only be a good thing for Tottenham given how much potential he has and how much talent he has at his disposal, and with Rose seemingly struggling to reach his best in the last few months, there’s little doubt that a potential summer swap deal involving the duo would be great business by Pochettino’s men.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!