Why Tottenham’s reported swap deal between Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas should not go ahead

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Everton's Kevin Mirallas is wanted by Tottenham in exchange for Aaron Lennon, but that would be a mistake by Spurs.

As reported by the Telegraph, Spurs want to take 27-year-old Belgian winger Mirallas to White Hart Lane, allowing Everton to sign Aaron Lennon in return, who has been on loan with the Toffees since the mid-point of this season.

It would seem a wise transfer, with Lennon clearly not in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans, and Mirallas a keen transfer target for the Argentine coach. Both clubs would win in the reported move, and all parties would be happy.

That is the expected outcome, although Spurs should not be happy if that move does come about.

Mirallas offers little more than Lennon, and has proven himself this season to have an ego which will cause him to fuss when not offered enough playing time. If being signed to play as back-up, he would certainly represent more of a problem than Lennon does, who seems to accept his role as useful squad player.

And, aside from any off-field issues, there is little to prove that Mirallas is a better player than Lennon.

More technical, maybe, but better suited to Pochettino’s system than the 28-year-old Englishman - certainly not.

He has never had to play under a pressing system that Pochettino has brought to Spurs, and it is no surprise that Lennon has somewhat usurped his importance at Goodison Park since he arrived on loan.

It is that work rate and desire to improve that has Lennon as the better player, and should see him back at White Hart Lane next term. The usual criticism concerning his lack of final ball could be coached out of him, whereas it will be hard to change Mirallas’s usual languid style of play to include pressing.

Pochettino may favour Mirallas, but he would be wise to keep Lennon ahead of him. Even if it goes against his personal preference, the Belgian international has done little to show that he is better suited to Spurs than his current Everton teammate, and Pochettino would do well to see that suitability before the season is out.

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