Tottenham Hotspur’s poor form has plenty of people scratching their heads. There are numerous theories behind the club’s current downfall. The contract situations involving several first-team players? Mauricio Pochettino’s relationship with Daniel Levy? Stagnation?
It is likely not one thing but Tottenham are clearly lacking something on the pitch right now. They lack composure, energy, fight, guile. All four of those attributes could be used to summarise the talents of a player Tottenham sold in January.
So are they missing Mousa Dembele more than expected?
The Belgian’s last game for Spurs came last November, a 3-2 away win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He was injured after that game, an unfortunatel familiar occurrence for the potentially world-class midfield general.
With his contract expiring in the summer Tottenham sold Dembele to Chinese outfit Guangzhou R&F in a deal reportedly (The Guardian) worth around £11 million.
Since his exit in January, despite making a Champions League final, results have plummeted at Spurs.
“I can talk about [Dembele] because I know very well him after nearly four years. I have told you – and some people use my word to describe him – he is a genius of football.
“He is this type of player I put next to Ronaldinho, Maradona, [Jay-Jay] Okocha – players that I was lucky to play with. For me, he is one of the unbelievable talents in the history of football.”
Dembele was not only a beast on the pitch but also on the training ground. When Tottenham players were asked who the best player at the club was in interviews, the answer was invariably Dembele.
In February 2018, as reported by FourFourTwo, Pochettino called Dembele a ‘genius’, comparative to legends such as Ronaldinho and Diego Maradona. Eric Dier infamously told Soccer AM that the Belgian was a ‘monster with ballerina’s feet’.
He was highly respected, took training to another level and, when fit, a class operator on the pitch.
Whilst Dembele’s exit is unlikely to be the cause of Tottenham’s poor form it could certainly be another factor playing a role in the overall issues at Spurs.
What do you think? Could Dembele’s exit be a contributing factor?