It’s been a mixed season for the Tottenham fans in the Transfer Tavern. On the one hand, they’ve continued their surge up the Premier League table by remaining in contention for a top-four finish whilst also competing in Europe, and that, by most standards, can be considered progress.
However, they’ve fallen short of mounting a title challenge, with Man City storming ahead in the title race early on in the season, and so there is still a lot of work for Mauricio Pochettino to do this summer.
Several areas are in need of an upgrade, but one position that Tottenham particularly need to look at is the midfield. Mousa Dembele’s career in London appears to be winding down, given his age, and it seems natural that a replacement will be found for the Belgian.
Even if he doesn’t leave the club, a year playing alongside him and learning from him will be invaluable for any prospective recruit.
His role is incredibly important at Spurs, and so it’s particularly important that this task is completed adequately. He’s often seen as the focal point of the team, typically serving as the primary link between defence and attack, and so bringing in a top quality player to replace him is important.
Fortunately, Spurs do have options. Someone like Andre Gomes, who currently plays for Barcelona, would make sense. He has a similar frame to Dembele, and his brilliant range of passing would be a real help for the club. Pochettino may be the man to get the best out of him, too. Looking closer to home, maybe someone like Mario Lemina of Southampton would be able to make a splash in North London. He’s enjoyed a strong first season in England.
Tottenham do have options, then, as they look to plug this gap, but they must do it quickly, and more importantly, they must do it well. Significantly, though, it must be a priority this summer.
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