With the signing of Victor Wanyama seemingly set to be announced at any moment, the club now have proper cover for defensive midfielder Eric Dier, after a season in which he was barely given a rest.
Another player who the side struggled to replace last season was Mousa Dembele. With the Belgian currently unavailable for Belgium with an ankle injury – reportedly in danger of missing the whole tournament – and suspended for the opening games of next season for Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino has something of a dilemma.
Dier and Wanyama could be paired together, but this looks like a combination only likely to be seen away from home against top opposition, or when trying to close out a victory.
Then there are club youth products such as Nabil Bentaleb, Tom Carroll or Ryan Mason. None excelled last season but are all young enough to make the very sort of improvement that Dembele himself did last season.
Dele Alli is another option. He is well capable of playing in a deeper midfield role and though he was shifted further forward – mainly due to his goalscoring ability – ultimately his future could lie in the middle of the park.
The final solution is to go out and buy someone else. With Wanyama set to sign for a relatively cheap fee, there could be the money available to bring in someone else, especially if the likes of Bentaleb, Carroll and Mason are not rated as good enough and are sold.
With Dembele suspended, sometimes prone to niggling injuries and turning 29-years old this summer, Tottenham can’t afford another season in which they struggle to win games without him. What’s your solution to this problem?