Dembele – luxury or intrinsic to the team ?

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    aitch
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    A couple of weeks ago, some of the Internet sites were predicting Dembele’s departure in order to finance a new striker. At the time I thought that was a reasonable trade off, depending on who arrived of course, but our need for another out and out striker is palpable and Dembele, whilst a great player on his day, was prone to going missing and didn’t seem to have the same drive as the rest of the team. However, the last few games have seen me change my mind. Playing alongside Alli he has been immense for us culminating in his performance last night. Providing he keeps up this level of commitment I would hate to see him go and think Townsend and Fazio to name but two who should be ahead of him in the departure queue.

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    bloggy
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    Hi Aitch.
    Intrinsic for me my friend. The old saying that form is temporary but class is permanent springs to mind. I think the only question is where to play him rather than whether to play him. Hopefully with a bit of a run in the side we will see even more from him.

    Cheers Bloggs.

    #692805
    Wiltspur
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    Hello aitch,

    My Man of the Match last night so a definate keep from me. Number 10 is his best position but he is the first replacement for Dier as Mason or Bentaleb are the wrong mould!

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    thirtykane
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    Dembele is a proper footballer who just needs to believe in himself abit more. The one thing he needs to work on is the time he takes on the ball. He is a joy to watch with the way he floats past players, no other player in the world does it as well as he does, but he tends to do this too often at times and slows down attacks.

    A definate keeper in my books.

    #693255
    ZeroZero
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    Agree with comments his best position is no 10. A lot of Kane’s goals last season came when Dembele played in that position in the side. A top top player who I consider to be part of our core alongside Harry himself, LLoris, Dier, Eriksen, Dele Alli, Toby, Jan, Rose and increasingly Lamela. Yeah, Lamela, He’s starting to click, add some goals to his game and then we’re cooking.

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    Hi Zero. Agreed with everything you said right up to the mention of Lamela. Seems I’m about the only one on the page who just can’t see it. Nothing new there then…I always was a crap judge of a player. 🙂 Cheers Bloggs.

    #693333
    ZeroZero
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    Hi Bloggy, good to see a familiar face back! I know Lamela’s price tag weighs heavy but I do think he has been much more effective this season, chipping in with a couple of crucial assists and the odd goal. Granted, he isn’t yet showing the form of someone we paid £30 million for – he’d have to perform like Alexi Sanchez week in, week out for me to think that!

    #693381

    bloggy
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    The forum has a bit of a tumble weed feel to it doesnt it Zero? Lamela just seems so lightweight to me mate. The bit of skill he showed last night keeping the ball in the corner when we were trying to run the clock down showed quick feet and some nice trickery, but his running at pace with the ball looks unbalanced and ungainly to me. His tackling back seems almost school boyish. Hopefully I’ll begin to get it. God knows I’d like to be impressed. Cheers Bloggs.

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    scoff23
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    Some very good points made about a player whose qualities other players would kill for. Spot on TK about his self belief. It used to so frustrate me to see him making it into the box, having gone past the opposition like they weren’t there only to make an unproductive sideways pass when he could have gone on and shot for goal ( and he does have a damn good shot on him!). Recently however, there signs that this missing self- belief is being addressed and I just get the feeling that Poch is working with him on this. Bloggy makes the telling point that its not a question of whether he plays but only which position he plays in: No 10 or Def-Mid with Dier. Well guys he can do a great job in either position. How fortunate are we to have that conundrum?

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