Just before halftime in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday, Moussa Sissoko limped off and was replaced by Erik Lamela.
With Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, and Mousa Dembele also already missing out through injury, Spurs’ lack of midfield depth was brutally exposed against the Red Devils.
As a result, Tottenham must seriously reconsider Dembele’s potential sale to China, as the club needs to bring in adequate replacements before they offload the Belgian international.
In the past week, Beijing Guoan have reportedly closed in on a multi-million pound January move for Dembele, with the midfielder accepting his time in the Premier League is over due to injury concerns.
But without the imposing central midfielder in the picture in north London, Mauricio Pochettino suddenly faces a serious lack of options in the middle of the park.
Pochettino downplayed the extent of Sissoko’s injury after the match, yet the substitution nonetheless revealed how short on options Tottenham were in midfield, an unacceptable conundrum for a team with title ambitions.
As a result, Tottenham must hold off on selling Mousa Dembele in January until the club has signed a suitable replacement for the 31-year-old, due to Spurs’ injury crisis in centre midfield.