Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have used the last few days to look back on their side’s relatively successful campaign to date, and indeed to what could be in store for their team between now and the end of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men look set for a third successive top four finish in the Premier League given they retain a healthy advantage over fifth-place Chelsea, and while the North London club haven’t been able to sustain a title challenge this term, Champions League qualification would represent another fine season for the club. And with an FA Cup semi-final to come against Manchester United this weekend, things could yet get even better for Pochettino’s side between now and May.
Subsequently, there are many satisfied Tottenham fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can end a decade-long wait for silverware by lifting the FA Cup this term, although they’ll have to negotiate Jose Mourinho’s United on Saturday to reach the showpiece.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that their club are considering cashing in on midfielder Mousa Dembele this summer.
Yet selling the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) during the close season would seriously hinder Tottenham’s top four hopes for next season, and perhaps see them slip out of Champions League qualification altogether.
Ultimately, the Belgium international is one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League, with the 30-year-old possessing everything from tenacity and a great reading of the game off the ball, to composure and ability to launch attacks on it.
His performance in their 2-2 draw with Juventus in the Champions League back in February was another reminder of just how good Dembele is, and more significantly how important and influential he is for Tottenham given that he ran the show in Turin that night.
Yes, Spurs have other accomplished midfield options in Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, and Harry Winks, but none are quite as all round as Dembele – there is a marked difference in a Spurs team with the 30-year-old in it than there is without him.
And while he has had his fair share of injury problems in recent times, he remains a hugely significant member of Pochettino’s squad, and his departure this summer would no doubt weaken this Spurs team ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
And while the North London outfit look set to secure a top four finish this term, they must be wary that Chelsea and Arsenal will strengthen and surely come back stronger next season – Tottenham don’t want to give them any extra boost by getting rid of Dembele.
Ultimately, Tottenham can certainly forget about a Premier League title push if they sanction the 30-year-old’s departure this summer, and they would seriously jeopardise their chances of another top four finish as well were they to sell the Belgian ace.
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