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Forget Dembele: There’s only one midfielder Tottenham should let go this summer

Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few weeks after seeing their side edge closer to a first FA Cup title since 1991 courtesy of a 3-0 win over Swansea City in the quarter-finals.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with the South Wales outfit back on March 17 having got past AFC Wimbledon, Newport County, and Rochdale in the preceding rounds, although needed replays to get past the latter two EFL clubs. Yet there were no such worries for the North London team at the Liberty Stadium as a brace from Christian Eriksen alongside Erik Lamela’s second goal of the season sealed a routine success for Pochettino’s side, thus earning them a semi-final date with Manchester United at Wembley next month.

Consequently, there have been many thrilled Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about a possible FA Cup triumph this season, a success which would end their decade-long drought for some silverware.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking Juventus with a move for influential midfielder Mousa Dembele.

And while the 30-year-old only has one year left on his current deal the club, they simply must forget about letting the Belgium international leave, as there is only one midfielder the North London club should be considering selling during the close season, namely Moussa Sissoko.

Ultimately, the 28-year-old has struggled to make a meaningful impact since his £30 million move from Newcastle United back in 2016, appearing 74 times in all competitions for Pochettino’s side, bagging just two goals in the process.

Yes, the France international has played more this time round and even got his first Premier League goal for the club back in September, but he is still nowhere near the level of messrs Dembele and Victor Wanyama, and isn’t going to dislodge the likes of Eriksen, Lamela, Son Heung-min, and Dele Alli in the more attacking positions.

And with Harry Winks and Eric Dier also hugely adept in the central midfield position, Sissoko isn’t going to command regular football at Spurs based on his efforts for the club to date, and while he has indeed made 40 appearances in all competitions this season, he has failed to start any of their last six Premier League matches.

And if Spurs are serious about sustaining a challenge both domestically and at European level, they simply must keep their best players, like Dembele, who was absolutely magnificent against Juventus last month, and move on those surplus to requirements, of which Sissoko arguably is.

It was quite remarkable back in 2016 that Spurs even entertained the idea of landing the 28-year-old such were his woeful efforts for Newcastle the season before, to the point that the Magpies were actually relegated from the Premier League, and then to spend £30 million on the midfielder was even more startling.

And based on his efforts so far, Sissoko simply hasn’t lived up to that price-tag, and while he has been better this term, they simply must seek to move him on over the summer instead of Dembele, despite the latter only having a year left on his contract.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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