Tottenham supporters have been somewhat despondent in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side lose 2-1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup last weekend, in turn suffering a second successive semi-final defeat in the competition.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men fell 4-2 to Chelsea at the same stage of the world’s oldest club competition 12 months ago, yet they looked on course for the showpiece when Dele Alli gave them the lead at Wembley on Saturday. Yet goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera secured a deserved victory for the Red Devils at the national stadium, thus earning them a spot against Chelsea in the final next month.
Subsequently, there have been many downbeat Spurs supporters in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom have already turned their attentions towards Monday’s Premier League clash with Watford at Wembley, as they seek to secure another top four finish.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Tottenham fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that midfield duo Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama, amongst others, could be let go by Pochettino this summer.
And while it would arguably make sense to cash in on the former, the North Londoners simply should not seek to sell £27 million-rated Wanyama (as per Transfermarkt) during the close season.
Ultimately, the Kenya international has been mightily impressive since making the move from Southampton back in 2016, with the 26-year-old forming quite the partnership with Dembele in Spurs’ run to second place in the Premier League last season.
Arguably, the duo were only second to Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante in terms of central midfield partnerships last season, and while injury has somewhat restricted Wanyama this term to just 14 Premier League appearances, his efforts last time round surely suggest that he could still be a seriously important player for Pochettino.
Be it breaking up play just in front of the back four, or providing a platform from which the front players can perform, Wanyama was brilliant last season and in some quarters was deemed Tottenham’s player of the season – they surely cannot sell him this summer.
And they certainly can’t if they do indeed cash in on Dembele, a decision which may not go down well with Spurs fans, but one that does make some sense.
Ultimately, the 30-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and as of yet no extension has been agreed, thus leaving this summer as the only realistic chance to command a decent fee for the Belgium international.
And while he has been hugely influential for Spurs this term, he will turn 31 in July and has faced injury problems throughout his time in North London – as such, sanctioning his departure would make sense.
Yet it would be senseless to do the same with Wanyama, especially if they do indeed get rid of Dembele as that would leave Pochettino very short in the central midfield ranks – it was also bring about the end of their brilliant midfield duo from last season.
Add in the fact that Wanyama is four years younger than Dembele, and has three years left on his contract, and selling him would undoubtedly be a mistake, and surely something Daniel Levy and the rest of the Spurs hierarchy cannot entertain.
Yes, there would be logic to selling Dembele given his age and contract situation, but there simply isn’t any regarding Wanyama, which is why they must not sanction his departure this summer.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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