The Tottenham Hotspur fans have been in buoyant mood in the Transfer Tavern of late, but recent reports regarding the future of Mousa Dembele have given them legitimate cause for concern.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been in excellent form sine the turn of the year and, as such, they look certain to finish inside the top-four this season ahead of their local-rivals Chelsea. Spurs have not lost a single Premier League fixture since they were humbled by Man City at the Etihad Stadium in mid-December – a run which has put them 10 points clear of 5th place Chelsea with just 6 fixtures left to play.
The Lilywhites faithful propping up our bar have been delighted with the progress they have made in the second-half of the season after an inconsistent beginning to the campaign, but they are concerned that the summer transfer window could serve to stagnate their progress. According to recent reports from The London Evening Standard, Mousa Dembele has emerged as a transfer target for Juventus due to the Old Lady’s failure to conclude a deal for Liverpool’s Emre Can.
Dembele’s departure would be a bitter blow for everybody involved with Spurs to take, as his performances this season have underlined his incredible ability to dominate the midfield and almost single-handedly dictate proceedings. However, the Belgian international’s departure could actually be a blessing in disguise for one of Tottenham’s emerging young talents, namely Harry Winks.
The 22-year-old made an incredibly bright start to the season and regularly featured in the first-team until mid-December, but a combination of injuries and intense competition for places have forced him to watch on from the sidelines for the majority of the season since. With Tottenham in such fine form, it’s difficult to argue with Pochettino’s decision to leave Winks on the bench, or even out of the squad in the last few months.
But the departure of Dembele (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) will undoubtedly open the door for Winks to stake his claim for a place in the first-team once again. Winks proved that he possesses the ability to thrive at the top level with a mightily impressive performance against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the Champions League back in October and, the key to his success at Tottenham depends on his ability to consistently replicate that standard of performance.
Winks will need plenty of first-team opportunities if he is to realise his full potential in the future and, Dembele’s absence will certainly encourage Pochettino to start him on a more regular basis next season.
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