Who is Dembele replacing?

by Matthew Harris on August 29, 2012

This was always going to be a busy few days for Tottenham after the sale of Luka Modric on Monday and it looks as if the first post-Luka deal will bring Fulham’s Moussa Dembele to White Hart Lane. Nothing has been confirmed as yet but with the two clubs agreeing a fee last night it could only be a matter of time.

At £15m for the 25 year old Belgian international it does seem like good business. There were reports yesterday that either Bentley or Jenas could be included as part of the deal but that doesn’t seem to have been the case. Even without the deadwood cleared, Dembele seems a good signing but where will he fit in?

Last season, Martin Jol compared his player to Rafael van der Vaart and that has led to more speculation suggesting that VDV will re-join Hamburg before the transfer window is closed. However, Dembele’s goalscoring stats suggest he is more Modric than VDV.

At Fulham the Belgian has netted seven times in 73 games and has scored five times in 40 full internationals. Meanwhile, Van der Vaart has 28 in 78 for Spurs and 19 in 100 for Holland.

While those bare stats may not tell the full story it does beg the question as to whether you’re happy to see Dembele arrive – and is that welcome dependent on who he replaces?

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