Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to their side’s clash with Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with Spurs knowing that victory would move them eight points clear of the Blues in the race for Champions League qualification.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men sit fourth in the table having won 18 of their 30 league matches this season, and they currently find themselves five points clear of their London rivals with just eight games of the campaign to play. And with an FA Cup semi-final to come against Manchester United next month, there are many optimistic Spurs fans in the Tavern, and victory over Antonio Conte’s Chelsea on Sunday would put them firmly on course for a third successive top four finish.
As such, there are many excited and expectant Tottenham fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are hoping their team can pick up a fifth successive Premier League win with all three points in West London this weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to discuss, not least recent comments from midfielder Mousa Dembele, who has cast doubts over his future at the North London club, what with his contract up in 2019.
And losing the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer would certainly be bad news for Tottenham’s Premier League title chances next season.
Ultimately, the 30-year-old is easily one of the best central midfielders in the English top-flight, be it on the ball driving at the opposition or launching attacks, or off it breaking up play and giving protection to the Spurs backline.
The Belgium international has it all, and while he has struggled with injury problems in recent years, there is little doubting that Pochettino’s side are a much better and stronger outfit with Dembele in the team – he has everything required of a modern-day midfielder.
His efforts in their 2-2 draw with Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League clash earlier this month further underlined the level the 30-year-old can reach, and further demonstrated that the North London club simply must aim to keep him over the summer if they are to push for the title next term.
Clearly, Pochettino’s men will finish well short of likely champions Manchester City this season, so instead of letting their more influential players go in the summer, they simply must add to the quality they already have in the squad – thus, Dembele simply cannot be let go.
Yes, some Spurs fans will argue that his injury troubles, alongside the fact that he is 31 in July, adds to the argument for letting him leave, but while he continues to perform at a high level and thus has a big impact for Tottenham, they have to retain his services.
Failure to do so though would certainly dent their Premier League title chances next season.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!