The Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern are expecting a few new faces to come in in January. The Lilywhites have had a mixed season this term, and thus far they have been unable to bring back the sort of consistency that led to back-to-back title challenges under Mauricio Pochettino over the last couple of years.
New signings, then, could be what they need to freshen things up and improve their quality on the field, but a few departures may have to come first. They’ve always been a shrewd club that are hesitant to spend big without selling first, and that’s unlikely to change in January.
Reports suggesting that Mousa Dembele is fielding interest from Milan, then, have come as no real surprise. Indeed, our landlord thinks that January could be the perfect time to offload the Belgian.
It’s not been a surprise that he has fallen from relative grace this season. Suffering a number of injury problems recently, the midfielder missed a run of games on more than one occasion last year, and for a player that had previously been a first-team regular, that was a problem for the club. Harry Winks, though, stepped in and really made a name for himself, and Dembele has found it tough to recover from that. Indeed, the Englishman and Dembele have competed for a spot all season long, and Winks has – deservedly – regularly came out on top.
He’s rated at £16.2 million by Transfer Markt, but that number is sure to go down the longer he stays at Tottenham. On a basic level, Dembele appears past his prime, and at 30-years-old, his slow regression is likely to continue going forward. What’s more, the less he plays at Spurs, the less money his transfer will demand, and that’s not something that Tottenham can ignore. With his injury problems worsening too, this really is a no-brainer.
Indeed, he’s been a fantastic servant for the club, but the time for change is now, and if Pochettino is to spend big in January, he should begin the funding process by selling Dembele – do you agree?
Tottenham fans – thoughts?
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