The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern are reluctant to wave goodbye to Mousa Dembele, but they are beginning to prepare themselves for the worst as the transfer window approaches.
Mousa Dembele has been an instrumental figure in Mauricio Pochettino’s success at the club in recent years. The Belgium international’s ability to balance brute power with tantalising footwork has made him one of the most uniquely gifted midfielders of the Premier League era, but his glaring quality has often been overlooked by pundits and supporters from outside the club.
That has certainly not been the case this season as his performances in the Champions League in particular have caught the attention of the footballing world, and recent reports suggest the quality he has displayed on the highest stage has drawn interest from outside the club. Whether or not he will depart the club this summer remains to be seen, but if history has taught us anything then it seems likely that Daniel Levy will be eager to cash in on Dembele before his value takes a sudden nosedive.
With balancing the books at the forefront of his agenda ahead of the stadium move, Levy would be wise to replace Dembele with a player who could form a formidable partnership with Victor Wanyama next season, namely Max Meyer of Schalke (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt). The club recently confirmed that Meyer will become a free agent this summer when his contract expires, so financially a deal is certainly one which will appeal to Levy.
On paper the 22-year-old does not represent a like-for-like replacement for Dembele due to his lack of physical presence on the field, but there are similarities to be drawn between their technical capabilities. Originally a number ten player, Meyer has dropped into a deep-lying midfield position this season and has enjoyed plenty of success within his new role.
He has maintained the technical quality which allowed him to break into Schalke’s first-team as an attacking midfielder and utilised it to great effect in-front of the back-four, and alongside a player such as either Wanyama or Dier who provide a greater shield to the defence, Meyer could develop into a fantastic Premier League player in North-London.
Meyer certainly lacks the strength and balance which Dembele possesses in abundance, but his composure in possession and ability to receive the ball in tight areas suggests he could fill the void left by Dembele in the event of his departure and, considering he will be available to sign for nothing in the summer, Levy will certainly be enticed by this rising star of European football.
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