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Harry Winks is the ideal Dembele replacement for Tottenham and would appeal to Levy

Tottenham didn’t sign anyone over the summer, but perhaps Mauricio Pochettino will be forced to make a transfer splash in January, owing to a recent report from the Sun. Over the weekend, the Sun reported that Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele could quit the club in January in a big-money move to China. Tottenham, it is said, may be open to selling him given that he’s yet to sign an extension to his contract that expires next summer.

Dembele has featured in 4 games for Tottenham so far this season, so he is naturally crucial to Mauricio Pochettino. However, that doesn’t mean that he’s not replaceable. Indeed, Spurs will simply have to replace him if they do decide to sell. He’s their midfield lynchpin and offers tremendous quality in the middle of the park, and so if they were to lose out on that, they could be in a tough spot.

Tottenham’s first thought will likely be to go into the transfer market if they do decide to sell, with a number of top quality replacements likely on their radar across Europe. However, spending isn’t always the best policy. Indeed, Daniel Levy has been increasingly reluctant to spend big money as of late, particularly with Tottenham’s big stadium move on the way, and so the Spurs boss would likely love for his club not to be forced to spend.

That said, Dembele will need replacing if he’s sold – but could Pochettino find his replacement in someone already at the club? Whilst not a direct fit on the surface, you could certainly see young Harry Winks stepping up to the plate if he’s called upon.

Spurs would honestly struggle to find a better solution than Winks, and given the fact that he’s already at the club, utilising the Englishman would work well on the wallet from Daniel Levy’s perspective, too.

Like Dembele, Winks has been able to fit in seamlessly at Spurs, and more often than not he’s taken a variation of the Belgian’s role in the first team. Typically serving as a deep-lying option through the midfield, Winks looks to make use of his tremendous technical qualities to help Spurs move play forward. With particular emphasis on passing and springing the ball forward, he helps to dictate the tempo on the field.

Though his frame is slight, Winks is effective at holding on to the ball, and he’s able to shield it and move it on where necessary. What has made Dembele so effective in the midfield is his strength and the presence that he brings, and Winks is well on the way to echoing that. There’s a reason why Mauricio Pochettino seems to rate him so highly, and it’s quite simple: Winks is the perfect player to make an impact in the middle of the pitch for Tottenham. With excellent passing, quick thinking and determination, there’s arguably nobody better.

That doesn’t mean he’s a faultless player, though. Whilst he’s physically capable for his age, Winks does need to grow out a bit, but that is something that can be fixed with time. His fitness record is also yet to be proven. That’s not to say that he’s a player that lacks fitness or has injury issues, but he has had his fair share so far in his career, and it’s up to him to prove that he can go months at a time without issue. Let’s not forget, he’s just 22-years-old, and he’s got his best years ahead of him, and whilst he’s not that complete article yet, he will get there in time. He’s had some wonderful performances in the past, particularly in Europe, and with the trust of a manager like Mauricio Pochetetino – the sky is the limit.

Mousa Dembele is never going to be a player that can easily be replaced, but Spurs would honestly struggle to find a better solution than Winks, and given the fact that he’s already at the club, utilising the Englishman would work well on the wallet from Daniel Levy’s perspective, too.

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Harry Winks is the ideal Dembele replacement for Tottenham and would appeal to Levy
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