Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy attempted to explain the theory for his old club in selling Mousa Dembele, when he appeared as a co-host on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT.
Murphy was asked about links which have appeared in the press, the Independent just one example, which suggest that both West Ham and Chelsea are considering moves for the Belgian midfielder.
Murphy has praised Dembele for the way he has handled himself throughout his time at the club, suggesting that Tottenham letting him go would be nothing more than the White Hart Lane side attempting to create some room in their wage budget.
“It’s just about freeing up his wages to get someone in and sometimes you just have to take a hit on a player – The one thing I’d say about him is that he’s conducted himself really well. He hasn’t moaned and he’s just expressed his disappointment at the way things have gone,” he told talkSPORT.
Can Tottenham do without Dembele?
Fortunately for Mauricio Pochettino, if chairman Daniel Levy accepts a deal for the Belgian, central midfield is one of the busiest areas of his squad.
There are some youngsters to come back into the first team setup at Tottenham who create extra central midfield options and the team shouldn’t lose any impact or strength in this key area of the side.
Will Tottenham miss Dembele’s presence?
Dembele is a big and imposing sort of midfielder and if Tottenham take a deal for him, they need to think carefully about who takes his place in the team.
Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb were the two players that Pochettino seemed to like using in front of the defence last season, with Christian Eriksen in behind the striker.
Dembele loves to get involved in physical duels and for all of the quality that Mason and Bentaleb possess, they can’t match him in terms of that attribute.