Tottenham Hotspur's decision to sell Mousa Dembele could've been seriously costly

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham in action during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park on April 26, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur have not kept a clean sheet since Mousa Dembele left in January.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at Wembley Stadium on April 30, 2018 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur selling Mousa Dembele in the January transfer window must rank among Daniel Levy’s worst decisions at White Hart Lane.

Spurs opted to cash in on Dembele five months ago, with the Belgian moving to China.

However, the decision has to be seen as a terrible one - given how poor Tottenham have been since.


Granted, Levy was unlikely to envisage Tottenham having so many injuries to key players in midfield, but selling Dembele was always likely to be a risk.

Spurs have still not kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since Dembele left, and they have taken just nine points from their last 10 matches.

Tottenham have still managed to make it into the top four, but their status at a Champions League club would surely have been secured earlier had Dembele stuck around.

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele (2nd R) leaves Southampton's Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on the ground as he runs with the ball the English Premier League...

The powerful midfielder may have been reaching the end of his contract, and getting to an age where he had little improvement left in him.

But he was arguably Tottenham’s best central midfield option, other than Moussa Sissoko.

And the consequences of Tottenham selling Dembele could have been severe, if the chasing pack had picked up better results.

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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