Tottenham supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the second successive season courtesy of a routine win over Swansea City on Saturday.
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, although they were hardly convincing in doing so having needed replays to see off the latter two lower league outfits. Nevertheless, the North London club eased into the last four on Saturday as a Christian Eriksen brace alongside Erik Lamela’s first half effort sealed a comfortable victory for Pochettino’s side, thus earning them a spot in the last four where they will face Manchester United next month.
As such, there have been many thrilled Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can go one better than last year’s semi-final disappointment at the hands of Chelsea when they entertain Jose Mourinho’s United in the next round.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking them with a move for United left back Luke Shaw in the summer.
And while things have been tricky for the 22-year-old at Old Trafford, a possible reunion with manager Pochettino at Tottenham could well get the best out of the £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) once again.
Ultimately, Shaw didn’t earn a move to United back in 2014 because he was a bad player.
The England international was outstanding at Southampton and looked set to go on and become the country’s best left back, in turn prompting Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils to splash out £30 million on his services.
The 22-year-old was a constant menace down the Southampton left when in attack and he also showed great discipline and awareness defensively – he earned four England caps back in 2014 to suggest he was the next big-thing for his country in the full back department.
And the vast majority of his time in the Southampton first team was under the stewardship of Pochettino, who has since continued his impressive work of giving young players, most notably English players, an opportunity in the first team.
And he will do the same for Shaw again were he to move to Tottenham.
The Argentine clearly knew how to get the best out of the 22-year-old during their time together on the South Coast, and were Shaw to again get to that level for Spurs, then he would add a significant amount to an already talented backline.
Ultimately, Shaw’s ability is undoubted, but it seems that he needs that little bit more confidence in himself and from those around him to access that top form once again – Pochettino is likely to give him that.
And having worked wonders with the 22-year-old at Southampton to help make him the full back we all know can go to achieve great things, a reunion at Tottenham could well get the best out of the defender once again.
More importantly though, Spurs could reap the rewards from such a move this summer.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!