In Focus: January move to Tottenham Hotspur for Shaw could be a mistake

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw in January, according to The Gambling Times.

What’s the story?

The 22-year-old has struggled at United since recovering from a broken leg, which he suffered in September 2015.

The left-sided player has failed to cement a regular place in Jose Mourinho’s team and his fitness and attitude has been publicly questioned by the manager.

Shaw missed the start of the season due to injury, but since recovering, he has only made two appearances, both of which in the Carabao Cup.

The Gambling Times reports that Tottenham are among a handful of clubs interested in signing Shaw when the transfer window reopens in January.

Would this work?

The left-back has made his admiration of Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino clear by praising him in Guillem Balague’s ‘Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs’.

According to Sky Sports News, the England international admitted in the epilogue that he would like to play for the Argentine again “one day” after the pair worked together at Southampton.

While there could be a willingness from both sides for the deal to happen, securing it in January could be a risk.

Shaw has had limited minutes on the pitch this season and at the moment it seems unlikely that he will become a regular under Mourinho.

Being thrown into a new club midway through the season does not seem like the ideal scenario for Shaw.

If both parties are keen to make a transfer happen, it would be best to complete it at the end of the campaign when the left-back can get a full pre-season under his belt.