Just like the vultureâ€™s around Shaun Wright Phillipsâ€™s Chelsea career, rumours are circulating that Mourinho will offer the tiny winger plus a big bag of cash for Tottenhamâ€™s Aaron Lennon (even though it’s been irrefutably proven by Middlesbrough’s official website that Stuart Downing is the better player).
The Times offer a surprising amount of good detail in their article, including:
– Lennon has 3 Â½ years left on his Spurs contract.
– Frank Arnesen (now at Chelsea) originally recommended Lennon (then at Leeds) to Spurs.
– Part of the deal taking Arnesen to Chelsea imposed a 12 month ban on Chelsea signing any Spurs players. That period is now up.
– Lennon WOULD be eligible for Champions League action if he joins Chelsea in January.
At this point itâ€™s easy to argue that Lennon is the superior player, especially after he scored Spursâ€™ winner against Chelsea on Sunday. Heâ€™s younger, heâ€™s quicker (though SWP is no slouch) and seems to go past fullbacks with ease and make more happen when he gets the ball. In SWPâ€™s defence itâ€™s been hard to go past fullbacks from the bench.
But it wasnâ€™t so long ago that the little man was being talked about in the same excited tones as Lennon is now, and a lot of that is down to Premiership form.
So while Chelsea would be getting the in form player, a regular place should see the return SWPâ€™s cutting edge. That plus cash could be a great deal for Tottenham as they try to build a squad worthy of competing for the Premiership.