Retaining £15m star man is a must for Spurs amid Everton interest

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is reportedly a target for Everton, but here is why we think it's a must for the North London club to keep him.

The Belgium midfielder fast became one of the most reputable midfielders in the Premier League on the back of his performances between 2011 and 2013. However, towards the back of last season he did begin to split opinion between fans who questioned his input of both goals and assists.

He finished the season in apathetic fashion, which ended in a 23 minute cameo against his former side, Fulham, at White Hart Lane.

Some supporters were upset at the underuse of the Belgium international, while others simply didn't see an issue with it or care too much about it. Nevertheless, I believe under a new manager Dembele can once again be a terrace favourite at Tottenham and once again be a notable threat to the rest of the Premier League.

He is a powerful player, with great technique and vision which he has proven time and time again. He can drive the game forward almost better than anyone else in the league, aside from perhaps Yaya Toure. And he brings an aspect of athleticism to Spurs' play which can often be lacking when he isn't there.

Mousa Dembele is tipped to play an important part of Belgium's World Cup campaign this summer.

Aside from the obvious qualities Dembele can bring to the Tottenham team, it is important to factor what selling him to Everton could do to them next season.

Everton, for obvious reasons, are direct rival to Tottenham and both sides will be gunning for a Champions League spot next season. Therefore, selling Dembele to Everton is a decision that should be carefully thought out by Daniel Levy. In fact, I believe the club would be much better off if he waits to see what the new manager has to say.

Along with Dembele, there a number of Tottenham stars that could embrace the incoming new management at White Hart Lane and become a key part in next year's side. So, it may be better to let the new manager get his feet under the table before making any big decisions, especially decisions like selling players to a rival club.

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