New Tottenham Hotspur signing Clint Dempsey left fellow London team Fulham on deadline day last week, in turn snubbing Aston Villa and Liverpool who he was rumoured to join.
But could the 29 year old be a success at White Hart Lane? Here are five reasons why Dempsey will continue his very impressive form.
The player has already shown his ability in the Premier League, last year being the highest scoring midfielder of the Premier League. By adding a proven Premier League goalscorer to the side, Dempsey has added more quality to AVB’s Tottenham side.
Being listed as a striker on the Tottenham website, the American joins Defoe and Adebayor as the club’s strikers. Because of this and the absence of Harry Kane, there are only 3 strikers at White Hart Lane. This means that for the UEFA Cup, one first team striker will be played and would help to get game time, and with Dempsey the likeliest to fill this role – he could help Tottenham storm through Europe.
Dempsey managed to use his poaching talents mixed with his long-range efforts to score a huge number of goals last season for a midfielder. By being able to shoot from far or from close up. his unpredictability could help Tottenham break the opposition’s defence which has already proven hard so far in the League.
For any proof of his great goals, feel free to look at the montage below. And if you thought it couldn’t get any better, it’s made by a Liverpool fan who obviously thought he’d welcome this American to the club.
Linking up with former Fulham team-mate Mousa Dembele, Villas-Boas knows that his signing who can play as a striker or as a midfielder, could easily play in the midfield with Dembele and still have a successful game based on their past chemistry. As the two played with each other for 2 years at Fulham before their moves, they both know how the other person makes their runs and passes and could enable them to continue to play their attacking football.
Dempsey has been labelled as a replacement for Rafael Van der Vaart, and although it could be unlikely – it would be a brilliant replacement. Both players are 29 years old and although Rafa struggled to play for 90 minutes and was constantly injured, Dempsey on the other hand is able to play the full game. Ironically, the only Premier League game he missed due to injury was against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on the last game of the previous season.
Dempsey played 37 games last season, scoring 17 goals and assisting a further 7. Van der Vaart however played 33 games, scoring 11 goals and like Dempsey assisted 7 more. But, Dempsey was substituted off the pitch 17 less times than the Dutchman who was brought off 20 times last season, the Premier League record for 2011/12.
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