Tottenham Hotspur’s Mousa Dembele has been heavily linked with a transfer away from the club in recent months, and a recent report from The Sun has once again claimed that he is set to depart in the near future.
Indeed, the report claims that Chinese outfit Sinobo Guoan will offer Spurs between £8 and £10 million in order to secure his services in time for the start of their campaign at the beginning of February, despite the fact they will be able to sign him on a pre-contract from January 1st.
With Dembele’s potential departure to consider, Pochettino must begin scouting the market for a potential replacement to succeed the Belgium lynchpin in midfield.
Tanguy Ndmobele was heavily linked with a move to Spurs throughout the summer, but one man who should also be on their radar is Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham.
The former Man City youth player moved to Celtic Park last summer in a deal worth just £4.5 million – a bargain acquisition considering his huge level of potential to thrive in Scottish football.
Like many top-6 clubs, Man City are increasingly using their youth products as a means to balance the books from their extortionate spending in the transfer market, and Ntcham’s sale was a prime example of this growing trend.
However, the City hierarchy may be starting to regret their decision to sell him on the cheap after witnessing his commanding display against Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
Ntcham impressed supporters on his debut season for Celtic but his soaring reputation culminated during the Old Firm derby as the 22-year-old delivered a masterclass performance at the heart of Celtic’s midfield and fittingly claimed the winning goal for the Hoops after 62 minutes.
Celtic looked a class above Rangers throughout and Ntcham’s presence on the field was instrumental to their imperious performance: he was constantly looking to play incisive through balls into the channels, a threat from dead-ball situations, neat and tidy in possession and a relentless engine within a box-to-box midfield role.
Like Dembele, Ntcham is a powerhouse to be reckoned with and his physical qualities finely complement his brilliant technical ability.
With plenty of scope for development at just 22-years-of-age Ntcham is a prodigy who could develop into one of the finest central midfield players in Premier League football at Spurs, so Pochettino should recommend him to Daniel Levy as an ideal target to pursue following Dembele’s potential departure.
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