Mousa Dembele sale could be Tottenham's most costly ever deal

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur holds off the challenge from Marcelo Brozovic of FC Internazionale during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and...

Tottenham should have a big regret over selling Mousa Dembele.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur holds off the challenge from Marcelo Brozovic of FC Internazionale during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Internazionale and...

Tottenham Hotspur's decision to cash in on Mousa Dembele is shaping up as a disaster.

Spurs sold Dembele for £11 million to Guanghzhao R&F, to prevent him leaving on a free in the summer.

It was a quick cash grab from Spurs, and it looks now like a costly one.

 

Tottenhaam's form has trailed off, the team are without a win in five matches, losing three away games.

Dembele, an all action midfielder known for his ability to control a game and willingness to battle, would not have allowed such a collapse.

Against Liverpool at the weekend with the game poised at 1-1, Spurs were crying out for a payer of Dembele's experience and quality in midfield.

Belgium's midfielder Mousa Dembele controls the ball during the friendly football match between Belgium and Portugal, on June 2, 2018 at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels. (Photo by...

Mauricio Pochettino hoped teenager Oliver Skipp could immediately step up and replace him, but he has been reluctant to use the youngster.

Spurs now face dropping into the Europa League places. They are currently only holding onto their top four place on goal difference.

Dropping into the Europa League would be a financial and sporting disaster for Spurs, at a time when they want to showcase their new stadium and attract top level players.

The club will lose millions in competition money and television rights if they miss out on the Champions League, far more than the £11 million gained from Dembele's sale.

The Belgian's exit is shaping up as an epic miscalculation.

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele (R) vies with Manchester City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (L) during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham...

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