Football is a funny old game. Millions get thrown around on players, some of whom will rarely feature (see Luke Shaw), whilst others consistency have great seasons but always seem to be ignored when it comes to the transfer window (Danny Rose).
Amidst all this madness, there’s a lot going on that doesn’t make sense to fans. Shaw, once heralded as the shining light to England’s defensive line ahead of the 2014 World Cup, hasn’t settled in properly at Manchester United and seems to be Jose Mourinho’s go-to player when he throws his team under the bus- and the fans have also started to turn against the young full-back.
Danny Rose, meanwhile, is arguably better than Kyle Walker, who earned a lucrative move to Manchester City in the summer, and didn’t get a transfer despite issue one of the most blatant ‘come and get me pleas’ we’ve ever seen.
Of course, that plea has been forgotten now that the season has started and Spurs are doing well but, should form slip, the fans will swiftly be on his back again. He’d fit in perfectly at Manchester United, as he seems to have the grit to cope with Mourinho’s shenanigans, whilst a move for Luke Shaw to Tottenham Hotspur could spark the former Southampton man into life.
Luke Shaw offered less on the pitch than Alexander Buttner did but yer son thinks his United career failed because he broke his leg in 2015
— Mike (@MikeLUHG) October 15, 2017
22-year-old Shaw isn’t responding to Mourinho’s approach and needs an arm around the shoulder to thrive- which is exactly what he got with Southampton, where he worked with a certain Mauricio Pochettino- who treated Shaw like a son.
Rose hasn’t found things too comfortable at Tottenham Hotspur this season evening as a pesky injury handed an opportunity to Welsh international Ben Davies, who’s grabbed his chance by the scruff of the neck and doesn’t look like he’s going to give it back.
Whilst Rose has stood-out as irreplaceable in recent years, he certainly now seems to be expendable and swapping the 27-year-old for a sleeker, more exciting and younger model in Luke Shaw would be a shrewd move for the Lilywhites- and they’d still likely command a huge sum for his services.
Manchester United, meanwhile, don’t seem to have a place for Shaw and the general consensus is that he has this year to save his career at Old Trafford. With Mourinho seem to have taken a dislike to the player, whose only appearance this season has been off the bench in the League Cup, that task seems impossible.
Straight-swaps are rare in Premier League football, with the last one of note seeing Arsenal absolutely robbed by Chelsea after replacing Ashley Cole with William Gallas, but in this situation it makes sense for everyone involved.
Danny Rose. Best LB in the league. pic.twitter.com/lVkmWfxIFt
— Öliver. (@UtdOliver) October 13, 2017
There’s also the international careers of the pair to think about. Rose, the favourite to start on the left-hand side of England’s defence at the World Cup next summer, needs first-team football to cement his place as the likes of Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand are threatening.
Shaw, meanwhile, is out of the picture and will remain that way until he finds consistency, something which it doesn’t look like will ever happen at Manchester United, so each player should jump at the chance to make this move.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for Danny Rose before so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility, whilst Pochettino would love to have the chance to work with Shaw again and get the career of his former prodigy back-on-track.