Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their team kicking off their campaign in the North East on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men sealed a third successive top four finish in English football’s top-flight last time round to further underline their status as one of the best teams in the country, although they finished a staggering 23 points adrift of champions Manchester City. Yet the hope among Spurs supporters was that a few big additions this summer could well bridge that gap, only for the North London outfit to fail to make any new signings during the transfer window.
And while no one of note has as of yet left the club, there has been much speculation surrounding the future of left back Danny Rose, who could yet leave to a European club before August 31, a move which could well leave Pochettino short in the left back department were a deal to materialise.
And if that were indeed to happen, Tottenham could live to regret failing to land the ideal replacement in £13.5 million-rated star Luke Shaw (as per Transfermarkt), who was linked with a move to Spurs but remained a Manchester United player beyond today’s 5pm deadline.
Ultimately, Rose has been linked with a move away from North London pretty much ever since he did an interview with The Sun in which he criticised the club’s transfer policy, and certainly opened the door to a possible move.
And just ten Premier League appearances for Pochettino’s side last term furthered the likelihood that he could be on his way during the summer window – Schalke are reportedly ‘in talks’ with the left back over a loan move.
And while Wales international Ben Davies performed brilliantly at left back, and indeed left wing back, for Spurs last time round, expecting him to be able to deliver that level of performance week in week out, Premier League and Champions League, is a lot to ask for.
As such, failing to reunite 23-year-old Shaw with manager Pochettino could prove to be something of a mistake.
The England international played arguably the best football of his young career under the Spurs chief while at Southampton, to the point that he was being tipped to be the next big-thing for England in that area, and indeed earned a big money move to United in the summer of 2014.
And while things haven’t gone as well for Shaw since his move to Old Trafford, one mustn’t forget that it was Pochettino who got the best out of the 23-year-old, and the Argentine’s subsequent success with other young English players at Tottenham suggests that he may well have been able to do the same again.
And with Rose’s future still far from certain despite the closing of the English transfer window, Spurs may well have missed a trick failing to land the United defender, who appears to be the ideal replacement for his compatriot in North London.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!