In Focus: Tottenham targets Shaw and Barkley can be a success under Pochettino

According to reports in the Sunday Express, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to bring Everton midfielder Ross Barkley – who is rated at £20m according to the Gambling Times – and Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw – who is also rated at the same price according to The Independent – to the club during the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Sunday Express says that Pochettino is ready to strengthen his squad next month as they look to face a battle to finish in the top four in the Premier League at the end of the season, in what has been a disappointing campaign domestically.

The Sunday Express says that the Argentine boss is ready to battle Chelsea for the signature of Barkley, who is out of contract at the end of the season and has only recently returned to training having missed the entire campaign because of injury.

Meanwhile, Shaw is a long-term target for Pochettino after he worked with him during the duo’s spell with Southampton, and the report adds that Jose Mourinho is willing to let the 22-year-old leave in order to fund a £25m move for Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon.

How has Shaw done this season?

He has been completely out of favour under Mourinho.

The England international was the fourth-choice left-back/wing-back earlier in the campaign with the likes of Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind preferred in front of him.

The 22-year-old did put in a man of the match display in the 1-0 win against Bournemouth earlier this month, but he has been an unused substitute in their last two Premier League matches while he was part of the side that lost 2-1 to Bristol City in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.

Would the duo be good signings?

They certainly would be.

Shaw shone under Pochettino at Southampton and there is no reason that he couldn’t do the same as a first-choice at Tottenham, especially if Danny Rose leaves next month.

Meanwhile, Barkley needs to add some more consistency to his game but there is no doubt about his ability, and the Argentine boss may feel that he can get the best out of the 24-year-old.

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