Loftus-Cheek is the perfect replacement if Dembele leaves Spurs

Mousa Dembele is considering his future at Spurs, according to Goal. If the reports turn out to be true, then Daniel Levy and co. should be keeping a watchful eye on the situation regarding Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Chelsea.

What’s the Story?

Dembele is coming towards the last 12 months of his Spurs contract, and the club are reportedly reluctant to open to negotiations with the Belgian international over an extension.

The dynamic midfielder is currently at the World Cup with Belgium, and the report by Goal states that Dembele has been asking his international teammates about moves elsewhere.

Why is Dembele so important?

This comes in the aftermath of a season without any silverware for Spurs, with Dembele appearing 28 times during a campaign that saw the club reach a whole decade without winning a trophy.

The Belgian powerhouse is a key cog in the Pochettino system, able to use his strength and power to move the ball up the field.

His choice of pass is impeccable and should the Belgian choose to leave England, he would be sorely missed by Pochettino and his teammates.

Should a deal go through and Dembele does depart White Hart Lane, Spurs should be looking to the future by securing the services of England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Why Loftus-Cheek?

Loftus-Cheek has shown significant improvement in his season under Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace.

Despite his time at Selhurst Park being plagued by injuries, the midfielder still had a reasonably productive season scoring two goals and providing four assists in 24 games.

The season’s stats for the 22-year-old mask the true effect he had, becoming an integral part of the way Palace move up the field allowing space to be made for his teammates.

His bullish, measured approach to possession is not dissimilar in style to Dembele, and he will already have experience working with some of Pochettino’s men on international duty.

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