Under the direction of Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur have morphed from perennial underachievers to genuine challengers for silverware.
A miserly defensive unit, strong midfield and the ability to consistently score goals combine to form one of the most complete Premier League sides.
Yet the aspect of Spur’s side that has garnered the most effusive praise has been the attacking full-backs, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker.
While Kieran Trippier has proved an able understudy on the right-hand side, Ben Davies on the left has come in for some criticism in recent weeks.
It is not a surprise then to see Spurs linked with Manchester United’s forgotten man Luke Shaw.
Life in Manchester has not proved as advantageous as many assumed for Shaw after his £30 million transfer from Southampton.
Shaw accepted a proportion of the blame when he said “I didn’t arrive at the club in the correct shape and things didn’t go to plan.”
Shaw managed to turn his fortunes around with a series of assured displays before suffering a horrific injury. A hefty challenge from PSV’s Hector Moreno in the Champions League, left Shaw requiring oxygen after sustaining a double leg fracture.
Mourinho has been reticent to use Shaw instead playing Daley Blind or Marcos Rojo, normally centre-halves, as make-shift full-backs.
A reunion with a manager of Pochettino’s talent could just be the catalyst needed to kick-start Shaw’s flailing career.