With Tottenham reportedly keen on a move for the Everton winger, Jack Beresford ponders why the club aren't taking another look at Jean-Paul Boetius.
Undoubtedly one of the most talented players on Everton's books at present, Kevin Mirallas may be being linked with a move to Tottenham, but the club could well be better served by returning to one-time target Jean-Paul Boetius.
According to the Daily Mail, Spurs are set to launch a bid to bring the Belgian winger to White Hart Lane on a cut-price deal with the 27-year-old deal at Goodison Park coming to an end.
Yet for all the acclaim Mirallas has rightfully garnered during his time with the Toffees, Tottenham would be wise to remember their track record for recruiting "proven" Premier League stars.
From David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas through to Clint Dempsey another Toffees favourite in Steven Pienaar, plenty of midfielders with track records for thriving in the English top-flight have struggled to meet the demands and expectations of life with the north London team.
Tottenham are a special club with an owner and fans that set high expectations, so when a player arrives from another Premier League side with different ambitions, it does not always equate to success.
Mirallas, for instance, could find the pressure too much to bear, having been with Everton, a club that has, to their credit, favoured stability, patience and steady progress over any aggressive pursuit of a top four finish – often with positive results.
Instead, Tottenham may be better off looking to a younger and relatively unproven alternative.
Spurs have enjoyed plenty of success with this approach from the recruitment of Gareth Bale from Southampton to Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli, these players are younger, easier to mould and often play with freedom when required – as demonstrated this season.
Boetius ticks all of those boxes and, according to the Metro, was a target for Tottenham back in November of last year.
Still only 20-years-old, the tricky winger is predominately deployed on the left hand side of the attack by Feyenoord, where he is able to cut inside with devastating effect.
A fine passer of the ball who is also known for his excellent work rate, Boetius has the potential to outstrip the success of Mirallas, having risen through the ranks with the Eredivisie giants under the tutelage of then manager Ronald Koeman.
Last season the winger scored ten goals and laid on a further nine for his Feyenoord teammates, helping the Dutch side finish second behind Ajax, with the Amsterdam side operating on a more significant budget than their Rotterdam rivals.
Make no mistake: Boetius is destined for big things, having already been part of Louis van Gaal's preliminary squad for Holland at the World Cup in Brazil.
A goalscorer in Feyenoord's 3-1 win over Twente last weekend, Boetius has already scored four times in 16 league outings for the Dutch club and while he is likely to prove a costlier addition to the Tottenham ranks than Mirallas, it would nevertheless be money well spent.