If Spurs want Schneiderlin, Townsend's the man to go - not Stambouli

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

A reported swap deal for the Southampton midfielder has been mooted.

According to the London Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur would be willing to let either Andros Townsend or Benjamin Stambouli go in order to land Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin this summer.

The players would be part of a swap deal plus cash - with the north London side sounding like they fancy their chances (based on the report) of recruiting the Southampton man.

If there was any doubt, though, as to who they should look to offload, there is only one man Tottenham should be prepared to sacrifice.

Indeed, Townsend has been a huge frustration to Spurs supporters this season. In fact, he's been a huge frustration ever since he burst onto the scene at White Hart Lane.

Last campaign, he made his 'breakthrough' and then went silent. Defenders had figured out all he does is run in a straight line, shoot or, primarily, cut inside and lose the ball. And what's the 23-year-old done since his little outburst at Paul Merson?

Stambouli, however, is a different case. The Tottenham midfielder has had very little opportunity to prove himself this season and should be given another campaign.

The problem, of course, is whether a quality side like Southampton would want Townsend.

But, even if it takes offering more money, Spurs should jump at the chance. Should the Saints express even a hint of interest, the opportunity to sign Schneiderlin and offload Townsend is one simply too good to refuse.

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