Tottenham fans have finally accepted it’s time for Mousa Dembele to move on, after the midfielder struggled massively in his country’s 1-0 loss to France on Tuesday.
The Dembele exit story has been an emotional rollercoaster for Spurs fans, but his performance on Tuesday may be the final nail in the coffin of his career in North London.
The 30 year-old, rated at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, is a fan favourite and for good reason. He is strong, passionate, a great teammate and simply impossible to dispossess with the ball. He is an essential cog in linking defence and attack for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
On the other hand though, his physical and combative play style requires incredible fitness, and there are concerns about him consistently keeping his top form as he enters his thirties.
The Belgian beast has been linked with moves away for as much as £30m, and getting that sort of money for a player entering the last 12 months of his contract would be staggering business from Daniel Levy.
Fans were leaning towards keeping him after he dominated England in the group stage, but he looked a step behind everyone else in Belgium’s semi-final defeat to France, and fans are now regretfully accepting it’s time to move on.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Have to be honest on this performance of Mousa Dembele versus France and when you also remember his FA Cup performance against Man United.
— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) July 10, 2018
It’s hard to admit because I love moussa but he’s declining sadly
— thomas spice (@spice2001) July 10, 2018
Really hard to accept but his body is aging faster with those injuries. Really sad he didn’t make it to the final.
— Tian-Shu Qin (@COYS_Qin) July 10, 2018
He knows it perhaps why he wants to go to China
— Steve Smith (@SteveSmith7195) July 10, 2018
It’s sad to see but I think his best is behind him and we do need to cash in
— Jonathan McDonald (@jonathan_coys) July 10, 2018
Completely spot on! Freshen it up and with winks, wanyamma ??
— Nick Homewood (@Nickyh_yiddo) July 10, 2018
As hard as it is to say, I think the time is right
— Craig Richards (@1984craig) July 10, 2018
he’s a great player, unfortunately physically he can’t cope anymore in terms of speed, injuries etc.
— dave harris (@daveyh84) July 10, 2018
Mousa is a legend, but I believe time & injuries have caught up with him, and he recognises that the premier league is to much for him.
— pat bohan (@patbohan1) July 11, 2018
love what he has done with Spurs, but to be fair, he was terrible.
— CMillrod (@CMillrod) July 10, 2018