The closest Tottenham came to signing a player in the January transfer window was the transfer of Moussa Dembele from Fulham. Unfortunately for Spurs the deal did not go through as Fulham wanted to loan him back until the end of the season.
However, rumours are that Spurs could revive their interest in the young striker especially as he is a free agent in the summer. Could Dembele be the additional striker Spurs need?
Dembele has scored 10 goals in 31 games this season for a team which has struggled this season especially as this season being his first full season. It can be argued that his finishing is his main strength and with a conversion rate of 14.7% is right up there with the best in the league (Kane’s conversion rate is 15.1%).
Dembele style of play will also suit Tottenham’s play as he likes to play short, sharp prices and to lay it off to team mates to shoot. His pace and power are also meant to be key attributes to the way he plays; which could open up a new dimension of how Spurs play as his pace could enable us to get behind teams more often. With a 39.55% of aerial duels won in the air (Kane’s is 33.33%) it could also make Spurs more effective from corners and crosses as he may offer a greater physical presence inside the box.
With Dembele being only 19 years old there is a lot of potential for Pochettino to work with and according to sources has a good attitude by the fact he watches videos of players such as Van Basten and Batistuta to improve himself as a striker. It is likely Paul Mitchell’s black box used for scouting players will support the acquisition of Dembele as he will settle in with the squad easily as he is a good ambitious character.
There are also negatives to take in consideration if Spurs were to sign Dembele as he is unproven in the Premier league. This does mean that there is no guarantee of success as he still just a raw talent. This may mean Dembele may need time to be Premier League ready. The potential issue with this could be if Kane is injured or fatigued after the Euros at the start of next season. This may mean Dembele having to play a number of games with a lot of pressure to settle in quickly.
This may be more difficult for Dembele than compared to when Dele Alli first came into the side as he has played far less number of games for Fulham than Alli had for MK Dons. To solve this Spurs may need to sign a more experienced striker especially if competing in the Champions league. One weakness in Dembélé’s game is something of an inability of being able to hold the ball up. This could mean he may not be able to play upfront on his own as he would be ineffective to hold onto the ball and bring other players into play, as Kane does so well.
Dembele has shone in an underperforming Fulham side, with 10 goals in 31 appearances
In my opinion Dembele could be the perfect fit for Spurs and can see this move happening in the summer. The fact he is young and has bags of potential suits Pochettino perfectly by the fact he likes to develop players as he did with Kane.
Dembele also offers an alternative to Kane as he offers pace and power which can enable Spurs to have different options especially when trying to break down teams. He would also be a cheaper alternative compared other to other strikers Spurs have been linked with such as Berahino which would be supported by Levy and the board but also enables Spurs to invest in other areas, especially if Champions League qualification is secured.
Written by Tom Hackett
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