A pundit thinks Manchester United player Luke Shaw could follow in Kieran Trippier’s footsteps by leaving a club who competes in Europe for Newcastle.
Trippier spent two and a half years in Spain with Atletico Madrid before opting to return to England and the Premier League. He was heavily linked with Manchester United but went on to join Newcastle instead.
The right-back signed for the Magpies in a £12million deal in January, becoming Newcastle’s first signing under the Saudi Arabian-led ownership.
Trippier has gone on to become a vital player for Howe at St James’ Park. He usually captains the side when Jamaal Lascelles isn’t playing and is part of the England national team setup, too.
Trippier’s capture shows that players with Champions League or Europa League experience will be important for Newcastle over the coming years. These are the kinds of competitions they want to get to and signing stars already at this level is the best way to do it.
Howe could repeat the transfer trick by going after Shaw. The 27-year-old, who plays on the opposite side of defence to Trippier, is in the final year of his Manchester United contract.
The Red Devils do have the option to extend it by a further 12 months. However, there is growing uncertainty surrounding the player’s future.
Shaw must also take into account the arrival of Tyrell Malacia when deciding on a possible exit. The Dutchman looks set to rival him for a starting spot after joining Man Utd from Feyenoord a few months ago.
Luke Shaw tipped to make Newcastle switch
Paul Scholes thinks Shaw has the ability to keep Malacia at bay and retain his place in the first eleven. However, fellow pundit Noel Whelan believes Shaw could drop Man Utd in favour of Newcastle.
During an interview with Football Insider, Whelan was asked about Shaw potentially going to the north east. He replied: “It [left-back] is one of the positions that Erik ten Hag is pondering over.
“He’s thinking about possibly signing another full-back, he doesn’t know who the best option is.
“I think with the way they [Newcastle] did it with Trippier, bringing in that experience and quality – they’ll be happy to repeat that success.
“It’s down to the manager as well. I think if you get him playing under Eddie Howe, he’d become a better player.
“It’d be exciting, it makes sense – and having that kind of experience is invaluable for a club like Newcastle.”
As with Trippier, a move for Shaw would be impressive. He is a regular in the England team and also has both UCL and UEL experience.
Shaw wouldn’t normally consider stepping down, especially when he is at the peak of his powers. But Newcastle are on the up and could catch Man Utd over the next few years.
They would also be able to offer him similar wages, or perhaps more, than what Man Utd can. This has only been possible since the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund took over.
If Newcastle offer Shaw a lucrative contract and the ability to feature in every important game, then he could just make the switch to the Magpies.