Should Tottenham consider Southampton's inspired £18m signing as long-term Mousa Dembele replacement?

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenha Hotspur  gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur at the KC Stadium on May 21, 2017 in...

Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina has proved an inspired signing, so perhaps Tottenham Hotspur should look at the £18 million ace.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham in action during the pre-season match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, England.

There is no question that Mousa Dembele has been one of the most impressive players in the Premier League over the last few years, often proving to be an absolutely vital cog in the Tottenham machine that has threatened to ascend to greatness over the last couple of seasons.

At 30, Dembele should, on paper, have a number of years ahead of him at the top of his game. And yet, it seems that Mauricio Pochettino is starting to become unable to fully rely on his fitness.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenha Hotspur  gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur at the KC Stadium on May 21, 2017 in...

The Belgian has not played more than 30 Premier League games since his first campaign on Spurs' books, and has only made four top flight appearances so far this term - with the Independent recently reporting that Pochettino has almost been left perplexed as to how long Dembele is likely to be out for as he continues to recover from a hip injury, while Jesus Perez stated that he cannot cope with the intensity in training

Those concerning comments should perhaps leave Spurs considering whether they need to start looking at long-term replacements for the former Fulham man. 

And if they decided that they do need to strengthen their options in that area of the field, one player who has made a brilliant start to his career in England with one of their Premier League rivals should be considered.

Southampton's Gabonese midfielder Mario Lemina runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion at St Mary's Stadium in...

Southampton signed Mario Lemina from Juventus for £18.1 million (via BBC Sport), and his form for the Saints has hinted that that fee is going to look like a massive bargain in the very near future.

The 24-year-old has been a contender for man of the match in virtually every game he has played thus far, often driving the team forward with some excellent runs and demonstrating a wonderful array of passing.

If he continues to impress as he has done so far, his value is likely to rise significantly over the coming months, but Tottenham should arguably keep one eye on him as he appears to have the talent to become a very special player indeed. 

And with Victor Wanyama proving to be a brilliant signing from Southampton previously, perhaps they should look to repeat the trick with Lemina if it becomes clear that Dembele's workload needs to be lightened in the near future.

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