Tottenham are ready to give Aston Villa the pick of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore or Tom Huddlestone as part of any deal for Christian Benteke.
Dempsey might be more of a victim of change in tactics for Spurs with AVB moving the team to a more traditional 4-3-3 than losing out to “better” players. With the central midfield being Sandro, Paulinho, and Dembele, and the two wings reserved for Bale and Lennon, there’s just not a place for Dempsey particular skill set (supporting the primary striker, arriving late in the box, clutch goals and a high work rate).
Thing is, AVB, really likes Dempsey…he consistently started him last season when fans were clamoring for “sexier” options like Holtby and Siggurdson. Even though he came up with big goals, the fan base prefers a more swashbuckling type, and Dempsey’s directness and grit never really endeared him to the faithful.
I think he’ll stay on and be used as a super sub and covering for the wingers when injury hits, but I just don’t see him being deployed as a starter in Spurs new system.
Or Levy will sell him 5 minutes before the deadline closes.
Thing is, AVB, really likes Dempsey
I think he’ll stay on and be used as a super sub and covering for the wingers when injury hits