With Mousa Dembele expected to depart Tottenham Hotspur this summer, the North London giants have consequently been linked with a whole host of central midfield replacements, including Andrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain.
Following a six-year stint at Tottenham it appears that Dembele will depart the club this summer in search of a new challenge. Naturally, his departure will represent a blow for the club who will be eager to keep hold of their best players, however, in the interests of progress, it might turn out to be the right time for club and player to part ways.
So far Tanguy N’dombele has been the talent most heavily linked to succeed Dembele as Tottenham’s midfield lynchpin, but Adrien Rabiot hasn’t been far away from the headlines either.
However, according to Spanish media outlet Sport, Rabiot has agreed terms with Barcelona and looks destined to join the Catalan side before the window slams shut.
The 23-year-old made the headlines for all the wrong reasons at the beginning of the summer by refusing to be on the standby list for France’s World Cup campaign. Rabiot’s form for PSG during his short career so far has admittedly been superb at times, but his unprofessional attitude suggests that he would struggle to succeed at Tottenham under Pochettino.
The Argentine manager is one who demands impeccable work-rate from his side and clearly has the respect of the entirety of his squad; adding a hot-headed talent such as Rabiot with no experience in the Premier League could jeopardise the harmony within the squad and bring unwanted media attention to the club, so his decision to swap Paris for Barcelona should ultimately be viewed as a blessing in disguise.
After reacting to his omission from the France World Cup squad in the manner in which he did, it’s explicitly clear that Rabiot’s ego could become a problem at Spurs if Pochettino was not starting him on a regular basis, so the club should certainly not view the reports from Spain as any sort of setback in their pursuit for silverware.
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