Everton must be front of the queue for Luke Shaw

Everton and Spurs are leading the way to offer Luke Shaw a way out of Manchester United according to The Times.

What’s the word?

Shaw’s relationship with Jose Mourinho has completely broken down, after the young full back was withdrawn at half time in Manchester United’s FA Cup win over Brighton.

Mourinho attacked Shaw after the match, claiming the youngster lacked class, personality and tactical nous.

Everton and Spurs have emerged as leading contenders to offer the 22 year-old a way out of Old Trafford, but could face competition from several Premier League clubs.

Is he worth the hassle?

Shaw moved to Old Trafford from Southampton in 2014, but has never really made the desired impact at the club. A horrific double leg fracture derailed his season in 2015, and United fans are still waiting to see what he promised before the injury.

The 22 year-old left back was once criticised by former United manager Louis van Gaal for his lack of fitness, and has barely played at all since Mourinho took over.

Still, if the youngster could get a fresh start at a new club, there is no reason he could not recover his previous form. When fully fit, Shaw has the technical ability to slot into any team and is solid enough defensively as well.

Spurs could opt to go for Shaw as a replacement for the enigmatic Danny Rose, but Everton need to be front of the queue for the youngster. With Leighton Baines reaching the end of his career, an opportunity like this may not come around again.

Quality young left backs do not grow on trees, and given Shaw’s current situation he could be reasonably priced as well. Everton must do everything they can to convince Shaw that coming to Merseyside is the best thing for his career.

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