Everton should be paying close attention to Luke Shaw's situation

Luke Shaw of Manchester United is pulled back by Alexandru Chipciu of RSC Anderlecht during the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between Manchester United and RSC...

The out-of-favour Manchester United man would be ideal for Everton.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Burton Albion at Old Trafford on September 20, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Luke Shaw may be back to full fitness but the left-back is struggling to force his way back into Manchester United's first-team plans.

As if competing with Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and (when fit) Marcos Rojo for a starting spot was not hard enough, now Shaw has been forced to watch as Ashley Young has excelled on the left side of defence, and on recent evidence chances for the youngster will be few and far between.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Burton Albion at Old Trafford on September 20, 2017 in Manchester, England.

As a result, Everton should be paying very close attention to the goings on at Old Trafford, with the Toffees in need of a quality long-term replacement for Leighton Baines.

At his best, Shaw is one of the finest young left-backs in Europe. However, fans have not seen that player since his horror injury back in 2015 and that bitter blow against PSV Eindohven has undoubtedly affected his confidence.

Luke Shaw of Manchester United looks dejected as he is forced off with a injury during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on April 30, 2017...

Everton have struggled so far this season, with their seasoned defenders coming in for plenty of criticism.

Baines cannot be expected to play week in, week out in all competitions, and while the 32-year-old needs to rediscover his best form, bringing in a younger pair of legs would make sense for all concerned.

Shaw has three or four players to compete with at United, and his manager Jose Mourinho has made no secret of the player's need to focus on the tactical side of the game.

At Everton, Shaw could be second-choice behind Baines but, in time, usurp the more experienced full-back before fulfilling his huge potential at Goodison Park.

Perhaps he can still turn things around at United, and most fans are desperate for him to do just that. But every time Mourinho leaves Shaw out of the match day squad, that possibility becomes a little less, and Everton should be there to swoop in when possible.

 

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