With another season potentially to go by without silverware, although the club are still in with an opportunity of winning the FA Cup, speculation is already rife regarding the club’s potential transfer activity to strengthen Mauricio Pochettino’s hand over the summer, and one player they may move for is Manchester United outcast, Luke Shaw.
The former Southampton youngster is behind in the pecking order at Old Trafford this season, with Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo all preferred options for José Mourinho, and now according to the Daily Mirror, Tottenham may be tempted to try their luck, in the event that the North Londoners lose Danny Rose to Manchester City during the window.
Pochettino worked with Shaw during his time with Southampton, and is thought to still be a huge admirer of the 21-year-old despite his lack of game-time following his return from a horror leg-break against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League. As he has shown in abundance throughout his time at St. Mary’s and Old Trafford, he certainly has the same attacking mentality that the Argentine coach requires from his full-backs.
Indeed, it looks as if the investment to follow this summer will be significant, with the London Evening Standard reporting that Pochettino is looking for chairman Daniel Levy to sanction moves for proven talent, after his most recent summer signings have failed to make a sizeable impact.
Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and club record-signing Moussa Sissoko have all failed to step up to the plate thus far, and Pochettino is already thought to be eyeing up talent from elsewhere to bring quality, but also character into the squad. He said:
“We try to sign players who can improve our squad not only in terms of football quality,”
“If they are very good people, it is even better. We are a company. Football is the most important thing but it is not only about football.
“It is about football and people.”
Despite Pochettino seemingly ready to twist rather than stick over the summer, Sissoko is one of the club’s recent flops who remains defiant, despite not having lived up to his hefty £30million price-tag following a move from Newcastle, a sum that stemmed from an impressive showing for France at Euro 2016.
‘My future is at Tottenham and I’m trying to give my best,’ the midfielder told beIN Sports.
‘I am trying to learn because I have to get used to a new style of playing, in a new team’.
After being limited to just ten starts and 14 substitute appearances so far this season, with the club ready to make their mark in the transfer window, Sissoko will need to raise the overall standard of his game if he is to have any hope of firstly breaking into the side before the end of the season, and secondly, showing Mauricio Pochettino that his future is at White Hart Lane beyond 2017.
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