Swansea City no longer need to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Carroll, because they may block the progress of another one of their prospects if they do.
Swansea spent a significant fee on Matt Grimes to bring him in from Exeter City and the arrival of Carroll would seemingly only serve to hamper his progress.
The 19-year-old is making a considerable step-up from League Two, but he appears to have all the talent required to be a major star.
An England youth international, Grimes has already shown his worth in senior football and his arrival has excited Swansea fans.
Although he is not ready for first-team action, at the top-level, yet he should be within the next few seasons and it limits the need for Carroll.
Like Grimes, the Tottenham Hotspur loanee is a technical astute midfielder, and it would be hard to see both forming a midfield axis together as their playing styles are too similar.
Although Carroll is further along in his progress currently, he is still needs to do a lot of developing in the future and will need first-team football if he is to fulfil his potential.
It seems an impossible task to do this, while trying to find a space for Grimes and it means that spending £5 million, the price Tottenham are said by the Independent to be asking for, on him may be misplaced - simply due to their other options.
Carroll remains a talented player, but Swansea may have to realise that they simply aren't the best place for the 22-year-old to develop at and they may be better off focusing their attentions on Grimes' development rather than putting another obstacle in his path.