A report that Tottenham are considering a move to sign John O’Shea from Sunderland will not fill fans with any sense of excitement or anticipation for the new season.
It was only a few weeks ago that I used a similar headline when there was a report in the media that Tottenham were considering a move for the former Manchester United and England central defender, Rio Ferdinand.
Now, Spurs have been linked with another former Manchester United player, John O’Shea who is currently at Sunderland.
The Daily Telegraph are reporting that Tottenham are considering a £3m move to sign O’Shea who left Old Trafford in 2011. The Republic of Ireland international is seen as a replacement for Tottenham captain Michael Dawson who according to the article is free to leave White Hart Lane this summer. O’Shea will all his experience could step into the team in central defence and with his versatility can also provide cover at full back which is a consideration for Spurs.
At 33 years of age, O’Shea would be a short-term signing and despite his success at Old Trafford, I thought he was always fortunate to be surrounded by quality players at the club where Sir Alex Ferguson set demanding standards. Like so many former United players, having left Old Trafford, they never appear as accomplished as when enveloped in the overwhelming ethos of United.
Tottenham are thought to be looking at options in central defence and I know that with the World Cup, it is difficult to make moves in the transfer market but this suggestion is unexpected.
Tottenham’s new manager, Mauricio Pochettino has not yet had the opportunity to assess or work with the players so all sorts of rumours are flying around but this is one that I hope is no more than that – a rumour of which nothing more will come.
What do you think about the possibility of John O’Shea joining Tottenham?