Tottenham should exchange Aaron Lennon for Everton’s James McCarthy, not Kevin Mirallas

James McCarthy Everton

Reports have linked Tottenham with Kevin Mirallas, but it is really James McCarthy who is perfect for them.

As per the Standard, Spurs are keen to bring Mirallas to White Hart Lane in the summer, exchanging him for Lennon, who is already on loan with Everton.

It is a deal that would seemingly be perfect for both parties, with each club keen on the player they are getting in the deal.

However, Mirallas does not fit in with Tottenham’s style of play, and as we have already discussed on HITC Sport, Lennon is actually the better fit for Pochettino’s system.

Exchanging the two wingers makes little sense when analysed, even if both clubs want the deal, but if Spurs really want to get rid of Lennon in the summer there is one Everton player that is perfect for them.

And that man is 24-year-old central midfielder James McCarthy.

McCarthy is the energetic, technical playmaker that Spurs have been crying out for over the last couple of seasons, and have failed to secure despite the signings of Paulinho, Benjamin Stambouli and Etienne Capoue.

All three are far too one dimensional to be top level midfield players, and despite arriving with big reputations they have done little to impress.

This absence of quality has led Pochettino to utilise Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason in the middle of the park, who, whilst impressive, can not be expected to carry a team with top four ambitions at their young ages and relative lack of experience.

McCarthy has a wealth of Premier League experience, and despite being just one year older than Mason, looks far more mature than the Tottenham man whilst still having years to develop as a top flight midfielder.

He is both an energetic ball-winner, on top of a class ball-player, and his ability to play in a deep-lying role all the way through the middle of the park to a number 10 is amazingly useful. He is also trained in a system that requires the high-pressing that Spurs utilise, and he would fit right into Pochettino’s midfield as the more creative of the double-pivot, whilst also bringing a rotation option to a squad seriously lacking in depth.

He would not be a fix-all problem for Spurs, and other areas of the pitch need strengthening if the North London club are to become a real force in the top flight. However, McCarthy represents a much better exchange option for Lennon than Mirallas, and Tottenham would be wise to bring him to White Hart Lane if the Toffees really do want to sign the English winger this summer.

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