Could Tottenham be grateful to Ashley Young in January despite Dele Alli spat?

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United clash during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28,...

Dele Alli and Ashley Young's spat grabbed many of the headlines following Tottenham Hotspur's clash with Manchester United at the weekend.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United clash as Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United and Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur attempt to seprate the two...

One of the most notable moments from Manchester United's clash with Tottenham at the weekend, apart from the result itself, was the first-half spat between Ashley Young and Dele Alli.

The Sun reports that Alli made a comment regarding Young's age, while the United ace responded by asking the Spurs ace to let him know when he wins the Premier League title.

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur and Ashley Young of Manchester United clash during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28,...

Of course, Young will be the villain in many Spurs' fans eyes. But perhaps it may not be out of the question to suggest that, come January, it could be the 32-year-old who actually hands Mauricio Pochettino a transfer boost.

The Gambling Times recently reported that Tottenham want to sign Luke Shaw from United, and Jose Mourinho is open to the idea of letting him leave, on loan initially

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...

Shaw once appeared to be the brightest left-back in the country, destined to stamp his authority on a place in one of the best teams in the top flight and on a spot in the England side, and that is perhaps why Pochettino is keen to be reunited with the defender having worked with him previously at Southampton.

He has not been able to realise his full potential at Old Trafford, partially due to injury, but also, more recently, due to the fact that Young's form on the left has been so impressive lately.

After Young, you would arguably not say that any of Mourinho's other options deserve to stand ahead of Shaw in the pecking order.

Therefore, while Young may not be the most popular opposition player amongst the Spurs squad at the moment following his spat with Alli, if he continues to maintain his current form and keeps Shaw well away from the first-team, then Pochettino may actually be grateful to him if they manage to land his teammate in January.

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