He bagged a brace for the USA in their 4-3 win over the Germans, currently one of the best rated teams in European and World football, albeit fielding an under strength side.
Dempsey is under big pressure at the moment as far as his career at Spurs goes, with rumours appearing left, right and centre that new strikers will be signed by the club, with the American being forced to make way.
One of the main criticisms of him last season was his inconsistency against the bigger sides.
He put in a big performance against Manchester United at White Hart Lane but wasn’t considered for a start against Chelsea towards the back end of the season, possibly Tottenham’s biggest game of the year.
The reason this brace against Germany is so significant is because of the calibre of the opposition and the context of German football in the contemporary game.
Very few would have given the USA any chance of beating Germany and even fewer would have thought it would be Dempsey who would fire them on to glory.
It should act as further proof as to why it would be a big mistake for Spurs to forget all about him, getting carried away with trying to bring in higher profile strikers on long term deals when they already own someone who can do an effective job.
It should also be very significant for him on a personal level because all of the transfer rumours and speculation may have made him start to doubt himself.
He’s a normal human being just like everyone else and the brace should give him the belief that he’s good enough to lead the Tottenham Hotspur attack next season.
The gut reaction because Tottenham missed out on the top four is to sign players who can reduce that gap in quality.
However, all the time Spurs manage to prevent Gareth Bale from leaving for Real Madrid, they don’t need to sign a superstar forward and axe someone who can be very versatile in their pack of forwards.
He now has to prove that he can have a similar impact throughout next season for Tottenham as they continue that ever elusive strive for Champions League football via the breaking the top four.
Spurs are going to be under more pressure than ever before next season and with young players all over the squad, this is significant because it shows Tottenham exactly what they’d be missing if they decided to move him on.
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