If anyone can be relied upon to pull off a surprise transfer on the last day of the window, Harry Redknapp is that man. He may have tried to persuade the Sky Sports News reporter outside Spurs Lodge that there would be no deadline day deals, but we didn’t buy it!
We already know that he went in for Giuseppe Rossi but a deal could not be done for the former Manchester United frontman. Reports emerging now suggest the man who refuses to be dubbed a ‘wheeler dealer’ made a deadline day move for Fulham striker Moussa Dembele.
Days after his team were destroyed at Craven Cottage by a resurgent Fulham, ‘Arry decided that he needed someone to challenge Crouch, Defoe and Pavlyuchenko after Robbie Keane departed for West Ham.
Dembele who hails from Belgium would have offered something different from Spurs other frontman, more of a creative pacey forward than an outright goalscorer. The Belgian made his debut in the Dutch league at 16 where he played for a couple of clubs before moving to AZ Alkmaar after catching the eye of their manager Louis Van Gaal in 2006.
In the 4 years he spent with AZ he played 118 games scoring 24 goals, and it was the teams title winning season 2008/2009 that he really began to look like one of the best players in the Dutch league.
He made the move to England signing for Fulham at the start of this season after chosing the London club over Birmingham. Dembele made a fine start to the season scoring a brace against Wolves, and turned provider on several occasions for his new team.
After a lengthy spell on the sideline injured, he returned to the first team in January and continued playing as well as he had at the start of the campaign. He reveled in this good form and scored a superb goal against Spurs in the FA Cup at the end of January, the following day Redknapp supposedly failed in a bid to bring him to Tottenham.
He could offer something to the Spurs forward line, he would play deeper than any of their other strikers, possibly in the area that the superb Van Der Vaart currently occupies, suggesting that Harry saw him as backup for the Dutchman, the two playing together up front could struggle with the lack of a natural goal scorer. Not to question Dembele’s ability as a player but in my opinion I think Tottenham would be better moving for someone who can score them 20 goals a season, and I think this will be Harry’s priority.
If Spurs miss out on 4th spot this season, it will not be through the lack of creative talent, it will be the through lack of strike power and I personally do not see Dembele as that sort of player, he creates well for Zamora, just like Van Der Vaart does for his Tottenham cohorts, it seems unlikely to me that Harry will move for him this Summer – having said that, we know how he likes to surprise us with some of his moves and if Dembele’s form continues to improve you never know.
I’m on twitter @soccercityjoe follow me – you know it makes sense!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience