While, to a layman, it might seem bizarre for a player to prefer a move to Tottenham Hotspur over their local rivals and Champions League regulars Arsenal, but it has become an increasingly well-trodden route in recent years.
Jan Vertonghen pioneered favouritism of the lilywhite half of north London when he moved from Ajax in 2012, with Lewis Holtby joining the Belgian at White Hart Lane in January 2013 after apparently snubbing the Gunners.
According to the latest gossip, Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin is the next man ready to spurn Arsene Wenger’s side to join Spurs.
Considering that Arsenal are not only able to offer the Frenchman Champions League football and a Premier League title challenge, but are also in dire need of a defensive midfielder, Schneiderlin’s decision looks inexplicable from afar.
However, the 24-year-old might be making a shrewder decision than it first appears, with the chance to reunite with Mauricio Pochettino no doubt a major factor in his thinking.
Schneiderlin has come on leaps and bounds under the Argentine at Southampton, forcing his way into France’s World Cup squad as a result of his fine season.
Only two players averaged more tackles per game than the midfielder’s 3.4 in the Premier League last season, and he is far more than just an enforcer in Pochettino’s system.
The Southampton man’s ease in possession is what no doubts puts him ahead of Sandro and Etienne Capoue in Spurs’ new manager’s eyes, with Schneiderlin completing 89.3 per cent of his attempted passes last season.
The rumour mill suggests Pochettino will seek to offload one or two midfielders in order to make room for his former charge, a show of faith that has no doubt warmed the cockles of Schneiderlin’s heart.
Given an almost guaranteed starting position under a manager he has been eminently successful under in the past, the Frenchman would be mad to pick Arsenal over Spurs.