Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Cardiff City at Wembley but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
The Lilywhites have struggled for consistency this season and have a point to prove amidst a period of significant changes, the first of which will be finally moving back to White Hart Lane after a host of delays.
Adjusting to life in a new stadium is never easy and can also be financially challenging, which will be a worry for a Spurs side who are already unable to compete in the market with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Mauricio Pochettino has enjoyed plenty of success in the transfer market during his time in North London but faces a huge challenge in 2019 replacing a player who often goes under the radar at Tottenham.
The Sun states Belgium international Moussa Dembele will not sign an extension to his contract with the Lilywhites and will, therefore, leave on a free transfer at the end of the season when his current deal expires.
Despite struggling for fitness in the past two seasons, Dembele’s role within the Spurs squad is crucial and his versatility is a major asset for Pochettino. Signed from Fulham for £15m in 2012, his addition represents great value.
However, the market has changed significantly in the years since and signing a player suitable of filling Dembele’s role within the team will be costly. With finances tight ahead of the stadium move, Pochettino faces an almost impossible task in replacing him.