Gillespie: Ex-Liverpool boss told me this is why he didn't sign Dembele ahead of Tottenham
By Harvey Byrne
Former Liverpool defender Gary Gillespie has claimed that an ex-Reds manager told him he didn’t sign Mousa Dembele because he “doesn’t score enough goals.”
The 29-year-old Belgium international made the switch to White Hart Lane from Fulham in the summer of 2012 after Tottenham triggered his £15million release clause.
He has since been moved back to a more defensive role following his transfer, but Gillespie has claimed that Liverpool didn’t make a move because the manager believed he was poor going forward.
“I had a conversation with an ex-Liverpool manager,” told Gillespie to BBC Radio 5 Live. “Talking about Dembele I said ‘why don’t you go and sign him?’
“He said ‘his stats are poor, he doesn’t create enough goals, doesn’t score enough goals’, hence the reason probably why Tottenham have moved him back in the holding midfield role, where it’s not essential to score goals or create goals.
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“I’ve watched him, and technically he’s probably one of the most gifted midfield players in the country at this moment in time, but as you (Charlie Adam) rightly say he doesn’t score enough goals.”
Dembele has gone on to play in 166 fixtures for Spurs following his move four years a go, scoring nine goals.
He has established himself as a key member of Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield and is currently helping the north London club maintain their unbeaten record in the Premier League this season, which has seen them concede just six goals.
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