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Tottenham Hotspur selling Mousa Dembele would upset plenty at club

Ask any Tottenham player who the best player at the club is and you’re likely to get the same answer.

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It is being reported this week that Tottenham Hotspur could decide to sell a Belgian star as his contract at the club winds down. The player in question, on this occasion, is not Toby Alderweireld. Instead, it is being reported by The Mirror that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to let Mousa Dembele go should the right offer come in for the central midfielder.

The 30-year-old has been a star in the Tottenham midfield this season but he is reportedly not prepared to discuss a contract extension until after the World Cup. With that in mind, Tottenham are prepared to cash in on a player whose current deal expires in 2019.

For most Tottenham fans, this would be a huge mistake. Dembele was the star of Tottenham’s Champions League campaign this season. He has consistently made other central midfielders look average this campaign – including the likes of Nemanja Matic, Miralem Pjanic and Toni Kroos.

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With rumblings of interest from Juventus and China, Dembele would not be short of offers in the summer.

But selling him would be a massive mistake from Tottenham and would surely cause some unrest in the dressing room at Hotspur Way.

Ask nearly any member of the Tottenham squad today who the best player at the club is and it will be a long time before you find someone who doesn’t say ‘Mousa Dembele’.

The Belgian is the inspiration for so many of the Tottenham players. A recent video from Sky Sports’ Soccer AM highlighted interviews with Tottenham players. The likes of Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama, Danny Rose and Harry Winks were all asked who the best player at Spurs was and Dembele was the answer. Eric Dier said the same, calling him ‘a freak of nature’ with ‘ballerina feet’.

(during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2018 in London, England.

Pochettino is also known to be a massive fan of the player and whilst Spurs should look for another central midfielder, it should be to play alongside the Belgian maestro.

Selling Dembele, the pendulum that makes the Tottenham team tick would make little sense and would certainly not go down well in the locker room.

Selling Dembele should not be an option for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

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  1. TommyHarmer

    April 17, 2018 at 10:34 am

    It is worth remembering a couple of things about Spurs.

    Firstly, they have coped without Dembele for long periods during the time when he was blighted with niggling injuries which he couldn’t get over. They managed without him.

    Secondly Spurs have an extrordinary knack for finding replacements, either from within their squad, or by astute buying. Winks is currently injured but he, for example, was for a long time seen as Spurs natural replacement. Spurs do this without huge funds.

    My take on Spurs is that I REALLY trust Poch, and that year on year they improve and progress in style.

  2. Anonymous

    April 17, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Are they for real !!!
    If he goes what’s that say to the rest of the team about our ambitions
    Him ,eriksen and Jan have been our best players this year
    We will never win anything !!

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Shani Tarashaj is back in action for Everton, but does he have future at club?

The Swiss international has struggled with injury and illness at Everton.

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Friday evening saw Everton play their final under-23 game of the season. The side battled to a 2-2 draw with Manchester United, with Matty Foulds and Luke Garbutt the unlikely goalscorers. The fixture also saw the appearance from the bench of a forgotten Everton player – Shani Tarashaj.

Back in January 2016, the then Everton boss Roberto Martinez signed Swiss international Shani Tarashaj from Grasshoppers Zurich. The fee involved, according to the Liverpool Echo, was around £3 million for a player that Martinez had high hopes for.

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The young attacker had come through the ranks at Grasshoppers and was immediately loaned back to them until the end of the season. He continued his fine form, which saw him earn a first Swiss cap and make the national squad for Euro 2016.

All the signs pointed to a future Everton star, but that has not been the case. Instead, Tarashaj has flopped at Everton and it would be no surprise if he was sold by the club this summer.

So what went wrong?

Firstly, the change of manager. It was Martinez who brought Tarashaj to the club in the same window he had signed Oumar Niasse. Once the Spaniard left, getting into Ronald Koeman ’s plans was always going to be a more difficult task.

Tarashaj then spent 2016-17 on loan at German side Eintracht Frankfurt. He struggled to make an impact in Germany and to compound his misery, injury and illness have struck.

(during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at Aviva Stadium on March 25, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

Benign angina and severe tonsillitis have disrupted the sickly Swiss’ career on Merseyside before he suffered knee ligament damage last summer, which required surgery.

This season, the attacking midfielder has managed just two appearances for Everton’s under-23s and his career as a Toffee has, so far, been one to forget.

There is still hope for the Swiss international. He still has two years left on his contract at Everton and perhaps there is still a chance he can make it at Goodison Park. But two-and-a-half years after first signing for the club, Tarashaj is still waiting to make his Everton debut.

The Manchester United tie may very well prove to be his last as an Everton player.

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Tottenham’s decision to rush back Harry Kane cost them in the FA Cup

The England international has only recently come back from injury.

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Harry Kane was a shadow of his former self against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final Saturday afternoon, contributing little as Tottenham Hotspur fell to a 2-1 defeat.

The English international struggled to influence the match and was clearly off the pace. It is glaringly clear that Mauricio Pochettino rushed Kane back from his ankle injury far too soon; a decision that may well have cost Spurs their best recent chance at silverware.

Back in March, the striker crumpled under an awkward challenge from Bournemouth‘s Asmir Begovic and left the match on crutches. Spurs fans held their breath in fear and were crushed when it was later revealed Kane had suffered ligament damage.

It was a blow that was widely expected to keep Kane on the sidelines for the next couple months, but remarkably the striker returned just three weeks later in a 3-1 away win against Chelsea.

However, in the following run of matches leading up to the season-defining encounter against Manchester United, Kane had largely looked unfit and missing his classic verve and intensity that has come to define his game.

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This lethargy was notably on show in the midweek fixture against Brighton. Although the 24-year-old scored a goal, he appeared tired and unwilling to make his characteristic attacking runs behind the defence.

On the biggest stage of them all, Tottenham’s star striker was well off his prolific best. It was a shame that Kane could not rise to the Wembley occasion and send Spurs to the FA Cup final.

However, it is through no fault of the Englishman, as the blame must be placed on the over-eager Tottenham backroom staff. There was no need to rush Kane back for the league matches before the massive semifinal, and the striker should have been saved for the United match.

As a result of Pochettino’s poor decision, Spurs are trophy-less and Kane is damaged – a tragic turn of events for the north London club.

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Conor Coady shows Liverpool what they’re missing in masterful Wolves campaign

The Wolves captain was tipped for big things at Liverpool but never made the grade.

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Back in 2011, Liverpool had one of their young starlets being tipped to become the ‘next Steven Gerrard.’ It was a tag being occasionally branded around the club about young talent Conor Coady. With good reason as well. The teenager was looking like the most natural successor to Gerrard yet.

The summer previous, he had helped England win the UEFA under-17 Championships, which is where the hype all began. Liverpool had unearthed a gem who immediately found himself tipped to become a future Kop captain.

But it never happened for the young man.

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Instead, he headed to Sheffield United on loan – where he excelled. After getting a taste for regular football, the idea of returning to the reserve life with Liverpool clearly did not appeal to the utility man. Therefore, he left Liverpool in 2014, joining Huddersfield Town.

Liverpool fans soon forgot about him. Just another hyped up youngster who could not match the expectations laid at their door?

Well, this season Coady has finally looked like the real deal.

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The Melwood talent did not stick with Huddersfield for long. In 2015 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and he is now looking like the talent Liverpool thought they had at Molineux.

One issue with Coady has always been his position. Often moved around the park, this season he has played as a settled central defender. The results have been exceptional. Coady has been one of the best players in the Championship this campaign. That was highlighted by his inclusion in the Championship team of the season. The 25-year-old is now looking like a future Premier League star and will be playing in the big time next season after captaining Wolves to the Championship summit.

When Liverpool sold Coady to Huddersfield, they did so for a fee reported to be just £500,000 by the Liverpool Echo. The Reds obviously felt he would not live up to those once lofty expectations.

Based on his form this season, Liverpool could be rueing this mistake in the not so distant future.

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