Clint Dempsey has not had a fantastic first season at Tottenham Hotspur and he’s under immense pressure to turn his form around for the sake of the club.
Clint Dempsey was signed by Spurs as a versatile attacking option but for whatever reason, he’s seriously struggled to get his teeth stuck into the team and have a dramatic impact over the season.
He is under pressure because there are several other attacking midfield options the club have, who are now all ahead of him in the pecking order.
You would be hard pushed to find many Spurs fans who would put him into the side ahead of Gylfi Sigurdsson or Lewis Holtby, who Dempsey will feel he’s on a par with in terms of fitness and quality.
There is very little chance the club will axe him in the summer, having only signed him in the last summer transfer window.
His current deal runs to the summer of 2015 and they will retain him because, despite his lack of consistency this season, he remains a very experienced Premier League attacking midfielder or number ten.
However, if he can’t start playing well, scoring goals and releasing that pressure. He faces a life at Spurs of sitting on the bench and keeping it warm for the players who are selected to start.
He has to because at the moment his ratio is poor. He’s bagged only five goals in 22 games for the club in the Premier League, which isn’t good enough for someone who bagged over 20 in all competitions for Fulham last season.
That strike rate has to improve because Spurs will be going out to buy another forward in the summer, which will increase the pressure on Dempsey if he can’t improve that ratio any time he is given a chance to play.
He has spoken of taking time to adapt to a new system, and new teammates, but Spurs can afford to indulge him no longer. This is the time of the season where it really matters and he needs to step up.
Spurs are a side laced with quality forward thinking midfield and attacking players at the moment, they are just missing maybe one striker in the squad. That makes it all the more amazing that Dempsey hasn’t had more of an impact this season.
AVB is not a manager who picks players for the sake of doing just that, he's far wiser, so Dempsey has to try and give him no reason to leave him out.
Spurs fans, what do you make of his season?
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