“But goals barely count if they’re scored in Scotland!” sneers one argumentative punter at the far end of the bar, to which irate glances from some green and white-clad Glaswegians are fired back. Although there is some credence to this criticism, Dembele has been excellent for Celtic since his summer switch from Fulham, banging 26 in all competitions, including three in the Champions League.
West Ham were tentatively aligned with the Frenchman during January, and if his current rate of scoring continues for the Bhoys, it’s hard to see him being at the club at the start of 2017/18. He may not offer the physical presence of Carroll, but Dembele’s pace and power seem ideally suited to the Premier League long-term.
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