There is a dearth of excitement in the upper echelons of the Premier League as the season draws to a close, with everything all but settled at the top.
Chelsea are champions, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United will round out the top four, and the Europa League places are likely to extend to seventh if the Gunners hold their nerve in the FA Cup.
As a result, fans of sides like Tottenham Hotspur have already switched much of their attention to the summer’s transfer business.
Spurs have already been linked with a slew of players, including a succession of wide forwards to boost Mauricio Pochettino’s attacking options.
Two of the more interesting names to come to the fore of gossip columns are Everton’s Kevin Mirallas and Chelsea’ Mohamed Salah, currently on loan at Fiorentina.
The Belgian could move to Spurs as part of a Toffees deal for Aaron Lennon, while Salah’s short stint at Stamford Bridge is likely to come to an end after he failed to impress Jose Mourinho enough to claim a first-team berth.
Although the Egyptian started in excellent fashion in Italy, netting five times in his first seven appearances for La Viola, he has gone off the boil of late.
Salah hasn’t bagged a goal or an assist in eight games, and there are also concerns over the weak displays he produced on the rare occasion he did get onto the pitch for Chelsea.
The 22-year-old is clearly talented, but Spurs are not short of skilful players that have proved unable to adapt to the Premier League.
In this regard then, Mirallas has a clear edge, with the 27-year-old in the midst of his third relatively impressive campaign in England.
The Everton man has bagged 11 goals in all competitions this term, including seven in 25 Premier League outings.
The main concern with Mirallas relates to his injury record, as the Belgian has yet to play 40 games in the season for Everton, and his weak defensive contribution.
Pochettino requires his attackers to lead from the front in pressing the opposition, but Mirallas has made just 16 tackles in the league all season.
Compare this to the 58 made by Erik Lamela and 38 from Christian Eriksen. Even Nacer Chadli, criticised by Spurs fans for his own lackadaisical approach to pressing, has made 21 tackles.
Clearly both players have their flaws, but after loading their squad with expensive flops from abroad, Spurs should swerve Salah and opt for Mirallas due to his record in the Premier League, and hope Pochettino can improve the Belgian’s work rate.
Spurs’ next match is away at Stoke, a game the Lilywhites are 6/4 to win.