Who needs a new number 10? Certainly not Spurs.
Frankly I'm glad we didn't waste our money on Willian, as we didn't need him. We have a player that's equally dangerous, quick and talented and who scores more goals per game to boot!
'Contentious' you may say, 'stupid' you may mutter...but the fact is we do have one of the best attacking midfielders in England, possibly the world, playing at our club at the moment.
No, I'm not talking about Sigurdsson. Who is in my opinion an excellent addition to our squad and brings many qualities.
I'm not talking about Holtby either. Who is also talented and an excellent option to have, at a bargain price (well done Levy)
I've even heard talk of Paulinho filling that role at the lane. I don't think so; though he would do a great job (that guy could probably do a great job in any part of the pitch, but that's another story).
Ladies and gentlemen; I have the pleasure to introduce you to our very own Wayne Rooney, Willian and Yaya Toure all rolled into one, the multi talented and supremely capable: Mousa Dembélé.
"Now hold your horses!!" I hear some of you cry. But wait...check out these points.
Dembélé has scored almost 60 goals in 335 professional appearances.
He was primarily used by AZ Alkmaar and Willem II as an AM and led AZ to the Eredivisie playing in that role. As well as for the Belgian national team.
Its only been since his move to WHL that he's been primarily deployed a bit further back, restricting his attacking forays. Yet we've seen glimpses of what he can do when played further forward last season, in games against Lyon and Liverpool away in particular, as well as Villa at home and Man Utd at home when he waltzed through the Utd defence to set up Dempsey, who's shot was saved by De Gea.
People forget that Dembélé was named in the Guardian's Top 100 players in the world 8 months ago as selected by a panel of 11 world wide experts http://www.theguardian.com/football/datablog/2012/dec/24/world-best-footballers-top-100-list . The only other Spurs player to appear in the list was Bale (and since then Paulinho has also joined).
I fully expect, with the midfield additions we've made during this transfer window, we'll see a lot more of Dembélé played further up the pitch as we did on Sunday against Swansea. With the presence of Sandro, Capoue and Paulinho; I don't expect Dembélé to sit on the bench. No, he'll play the big games behind Soldado, and he'll create havoc.
He may not score as many goals at the moment as some, but I fully expect him to develop over this season, terrorise defences and create chances for himself and others.
Spurs don't need a new number 10, we just need a replacement for Bale when/if he goes (good job there too Levy) and Lamela (or someone like him) will fill that role.
In AVB & Levy we trust.
(Originally posted this in Spurs chat, but realised its more of an article, enjoy... I hope)