By Russell Edge

17th Feb, 2018 | 5:45pm

Tottenham favourite set for exit if Pochettino keeps fans happy over fringe transfer deal

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will risk losing midfield favourite Mousa Dembele if he does not let Victor Wanyama leave during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Kenyan enforcer has been stuck firmly behind the likes of the Belgian international as well as Eric Dier in the defensive midfielder pecking order at Spurs since returning from injury, and the Argentine manager now has a difficult decision to make week in, week out over who gets to start.
As a result of his lack of playing time on the fringes of the first team, Liverpool have been reported by the Daily Mail as showing an interest in securing his services, alongside fellow Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea.
However, the idea of the 26-year-old leaving Spurs has not gone down well with the supporters on social media, but by keeping the fans happy, it throws up a scenario Pochettino will have to sort out before next season.
There is no question that on their day, Wanyama, Dembele and Dier are all worthy of competing for a starting role for sides at the very top of the table, but with the likes of more creative figures such as Harry Winks and Dele Alli also vying for a role in the centre of the park, there are more pegs than holes to fill.
At 21-years-old, Winks knows he might have to be patient for more senior action, while Alli is an established first team star, leaving the trio of central enforcers to battle it out.
Dier is a utility man able to fill in at centre back or midfield, and at 24-years-old and an England international, there is little chance of him leaving, especially while he retains his first team spot.
If Pochettino keeps Wanyama, who will be demanding more action than the four starts he has managed this season, then it would be Dembele’s head on the chopping block, and at 30-years-old, there is every chance Spurs would allow him to leave with the Kenyan as an adequate replacement.
It is a tough decision for the manager to make, and no matter which way he goes, it looks as though there are going to be some disappointed supporters out there.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a swap deal has been mooted by European giants as a key figure gives the green light.

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