The Belgian international has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best holding midfielders during his time in North London, but according to the Mirror, Mauricio Pochettino wants a younger replacement for Dembele, who will turn 31 in July.
Moreover, Dembele has struggled with several injuries in recent years, and with Pochettino determined to launch a bid to win the Premier League title, it appears his patience has evaporated.
But the Argentine coach doesn’t seem to have factored in the opinion of the loyal Tottenham supporters, many of whom would be pretty livid if Dembele departs – particularly if he goes to another Premier League rival:
Why Spurs wouldn’t try keep Belgian Dembele until he dies is beyond me.
— DFA1993 (@didcotladygrove) April 17, 2018
If Spurs sell Dembele, I’m going to support whoever he goes to
— Mark Coady (@Coadster_96) April 17, 2018
— faith⚡ (@FaithThomas25) April 17, 2018
If we sell Dembele, I'm gonna stop supporting Spurs. I swear. Rather I don't support any team.
— Reaz' 🔝🌟 – (@D2_Visuals) April 17, 2018
If we sell Dembele and Toby this season then, we need to target IMMEDIATE replacements, proven players, Dembele is one of our best midfielders and one of the best box to box in the prem
— Matt (@Mangano8903) April 17, 2018
I'm shocked at the rumor that we are willing to sell Dembele this summer. I'm struggling to think of who could fill his boots. His skill set is unique. Need a healthy Winks first. After that I have no idea who could be brought in. Rabiot? Brozovic? Kondogbia? #COYS #THFC
— Aaron Pitters (@aaronpitters) April 17, 2018
Would be mad to sell this year but finding an understudy to Dembele is crucial. Fantastic player but his legs are starting to creak. Replacing him will be our hardest task. https://t.co/bJjQZ97vt2
— GPav (@G_Pavlou) April 17, 2018
Find it really odd that Spurs are going to let Dembele leave. Not many players can carry the ball like him and keep it too. Will either have to give Winks a more prominent role or spend a big amount of money to replace him.
— Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) April 17, 2018
We must keep dembele and add to our squad no one should leave and we should sell sissoko llorente Jansen nkoudou and rose and bring in sessegnon shaw martial mahrez and a ball playing cm and have a right go at it.
— Broggs (@Broggybroggs) April 17, 2018
Should Spurs be doing all they can to keep Dembele and build a team around him, regardless of his age?
What do you think?