It will be a huge error for Spurs to axe Clint Dempsey

Tottenham Hotspur should not consider making Clint Dempsey part of their summer clear out.

They shouldn’t consider it because they will retain more benefits if they keep him in the side and in the match day squad on a regular basis.

He took a lot of stick this season for his role in the side early on, but he’s been used in a variety of different positions which has made it difficult for him to have the impressive impact many would have expected. 

Yet he has still scored 12 goals in all competitions for the club, which may not sound like a great strike rate but considering he’s been used as both a starting player and an impact player, it makes that tally a little more remarkable.

He's also scored in big games which shows he doesn't go missing under pressure such as the equaliser he bagged against Manchester United in the snow, and the winner against them at Old Trafford.

He gives Spurs squad options because of his versatility which is key because of the lack of attacking players the club have up front.

Spurs need to strengthen with a striker this summer and that is going to be high on the agenda of Andre Villas-Boas, but the names being linked with the club have some serious interest from other teams such as David Villa and Gonzalo Higuain.

If Spurs find themselves into a similar position to recent transfer windows, things could get drawn out and if they’ve axed Dempsey and don’t get the players in, they are going to have even fewer attacking options than they have now.

They also need him in the squad to cover for the traditional problem in football of injuries and suspensions.

He doesn’t seem like the sort of player who is going to drastically start rocking the boat or throwing his toys out of the pram because he’s not the sole striker at the club, which makes that a good enough reason to try and keep him.

Dempsey is not just a striker so it doesn’t matter if there are two or three players ahead of him in the pecking order.

He’s shown that he can drop into the midfield and play a key role at the top of the middle four, linking up with the forwards and giving AVB extra options if he needs to change things around in the middle.

In a sense he’s the best person to play in that position because he knows the sort of runs the strikers will be making and the sort of balls they will want because he’s played the majority of his career in that position.

The overlying reason to keep him is just because he’s a great example of the basic values in football of hard work and just being a decent player and person.

Spurs will be making changes this summer, they will be buying new players to try and get into the Champions League and they will be bringing through younger stars.

If they retain Dempsey, they will be better for it and there’s no point getting rid of him while he doesn’t want to leave.

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