Mousa Dembele has been one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most important players over the years at Tottenham Hotspur.
However, the rigours of the Premier League seem to be taking a toll on the midfielder due to the injury woes that he has experienced.
At the age of 31, Dembele still has plenty of years left in him in his career but his display against Watford at the weekend should be seen as a warning to Tottenham.
The Belgian international – valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt – cannot be relied upon to carry out stellar performances week by week in the engine room.
One of the aspects of his game that he prides himself on is the ability to hold on to the ball, but during the 2-1 defeat to Watford, he struggled in possession.
Even though his passing wasn’t terrible, Dembele only managed 79% accuracy, and his defensive attributes were lacking with zero interceptions and tackles.
The midfielder also played a hand in Watford’s two goals as he gave away the free kick that led to Troy Deeney’s equaliser and lost Craig Cathcart for the winner.
With Dembele’s contract due to expire at the end of the season, it may be best for Spurs to part ways and begin looking for a replacement who can keep the team ticking week by week.