By Matt Bullin
Tottenham Hotspur ace Mousa Dembele has named team mates Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli as players who can make a difference for the club next season.
The 30-year-old box-to-box midfielder became one of Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino’s most consistent performers last term, and he formed a crucial partnership with Victor Wanyama in the middle of the park.
The north Londoners finished second in the Premier League and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in the 2016-17 campaign – which marked a successful season for them.
However, this summer while Tottenham’s rival clubs have been splashing the cash on squad reinforcements, Pochettino is yet to make any significant movements in the transfer market.
The only notable piece of business to occur at White Hart Lane is the sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City.
Nonetheless, in an interview with the Mirror Dembele insisted he feels confident ahead of the 2017-18 season, and that it does not matter that his club are yet to make any new additions.
“We concentrate on the team we have now,” he said. “If the team stays like this, we know that like last year we’re going to have a good season.
“For us it’s like a family. Exactly. It’s a very good thing to have a group that stays together and understands each other as well.
“We don’t change five or six players every season because that means you have to start over with new players.”
The Belgian star went on to praise his current team mates, and he outlined who he believes to be the players who can make a difference at Spurs next term.
“I think the way we do it is very good. The quality we have now – everybody is looking in the same direction,” he added.
“And of course we have players like Kane, an amazing player. [And] there are more like him, I don’t say like him but they make a difference to us as well. Like Sonny, Eriksen, Alli in front. These players have a lot of value for us as well.”
Dembele was a mainstay in Spurs’ engine room last season, and he played 39 league and cup games.
He arrived at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2012 in a £16million switch from Fulham, and he has since amassed 197 appearances across all competitions for the club, which have yielded 10 goals and 11 assists.
In other Tottenham news, Kane has delivered his verdict on the club’s transfer activity.