The end is nigh for Tottenham 'genius' due to strict Levy policy - report
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are set to need a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele due to his worrying foot condition and Daniel Levy’s over-30s policy, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim the end is nigh for the Belgium international as Spurs know he may need to be used more sparingly in the future.
It is said that chairman Levy has previously been ruthless when it comes to offloading outfield players past their 30th birthday because their value at that age starts to dramatically reduce.
Dembele will reach the landmark in July and the Standard report this is likely to change how he is viewed by the club despite his importance and Mauricio Pochettino’s sky-high regard for him.
The Spurs manager has described the Belgian this season as both a “genius”, as quoted by the Guardian, and as one of the five outstanding talents he has played with or coached in his football career.
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Moreover, virtually every member of the Tottenham squad, from Dele Alli to Vincent Janssen, has at some point named Dembele as the best player at the club, with some even going so far as to call him the best they have ever played with or against.
The central midfielder has been integral to Spurs’ transformation in the last two seasons and is a nailed-on starter when he is fully fit and available.
But he has not started the last three matches due to a football problem and the Standard report that, for Spurs, “the Dembele question [is] prominent in their thoughts”.
Dembele, who joined from Fulham for £15million in 2012, has two more years remaining on his Tottenham contract that is said to be worth £65,000-a-week.
In other Tottenham team news, the club have opened shock talks to sign a Barcelona icon who has had a storming season.