Mauricio Pochettino seems to have decided that Aaron Lennon's future lies away from Tottenham Hotspur.
The winger was farmed out on loan to Everton last month and it is doubtful that he will return to White Hart Lane to play another match.
The reasoning behind this may be to clear space for Alex Pritchard, as the youngster has impressed on a loan spell with Brentford this season.
Pochettino has already given many of Spurs' brighter prospects an opportunity in the first team and Pritchard seems to have the ability to follow in Ryan Mason, Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb's footsteps.
He has been one of the Championship's standout players and Brentford have built their success this season around him.
When his stats are compared to Lennon's this season they compare favourably too, and Pochettino may feel he is now a better option than the England international.
|Team||Goals||Goal Assist||Chances created per game||Dribbles per game||Crosses per game||Shots per game||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Aaron Lennon||Tottenham / Everton||0||2||0.81||0.36||1.27||0.27||11||380|
Pritchard's stats look better than Lennon's in every aspect of the game and, even though he is plying his trade at a lower level, he certainly looks capable of making the step up.
Pritchard is creating more chances, crossing more often and taking more shots than Lennon this season and he looks the more threatening of the two.
By removing Lennon from the equation, Pochettino has taken a big obstacle out of Pritchard's way and it seems that the academy graduate has already been given a vote of confidence - even if he is away from the club at the moment.