Opinion: Haidara is the Dembele replacement Tottenham are crying out for

Tottenham are crying out for a dynamic central midfielder that can link midfield and attack, and Europa League sensation Amadou Haidara could be the perfect signing.

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Mousa Dembele is set to be out until the New Year with an ankle injury, joining the likes Victor Wanyama and Jan Vertonghen on Tottenham’s growing injury list.

As well as struggling with injuries, oth Dembele and Wanyama could leave the club in 2019, so Mauricio Pochettino will almost certainly be shopping for central midfielders next year.

Haidara has the versatility, technique and athleticism to fit perfectly in Pochettino’s system, and at just 20 years old he could be the gaffer’s next pet project.

The Tottenham boss has built his reputation on building lesser-known players into superstars, and Haidara could be his best signing since Dele Alli.

Dembele 2.0?

Haidara alerted several of Europe’s top clubs with his performances in the Europa League last season, playing a major part in Red Bull Salzburg’s incredible run to the semi-final.

He has upped his game even further this season though, absolutely dominating a tough group including Red Bull Leipzig and Celtic.

The 20 year-old midfielder was sensational in Salzburg’s big win over Rosenborg on Thursday, completing the most passes, most dribbles and most tackles of any player on the pitch.

His unique combination of dribbling ability, vision, technique, and unbelievable athleticism makes him a real threat going forward, and he loves tracking back and getting stuck in as well.

In fact, it would be harsh on Haidara to call him a young Dembele, as he brings everything the Belgian does on the defensive end but with far more attacking impetus.

The only mark against the youngster is that the Austrian Bundesliga is not exactly the highest standard in Europe, but his performances in the Europa League should have fans drooling at the prospect of partnering him with Harry Winks.

So, Tottenham fans, would you back a move for Haidara? Is he a future star? Or would you rather sign a more proven centre mid? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…