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Were Tottenham right to sell Clint Dempsey?

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Tottenham Hotspur had secured the services of Clint Dempsey on the last day of last summer's transfer window. 

The £6million man was brought in to score goals for the White Hart Lane based team, which was lacking a real goalscorer in their ranks. Spurs were desperately short of striking options, but was Dempsey the right man?

At that time, Dempsey was unhappy at Craven Cottage and was pushing for a move to Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers's reluctance to meet Fulham's asking price and the player's willingness to move to a bigger club opened the way for a surprise move to Tottenham Hotspur. 

Spurs pounced on Liverpool's fall in standards for the second time in the window.

Even though a stop-gap solution for their hindering woes upfront, Dempsey was primarily an attacking midfielder and couldn't fit in well with Tottenham's style of play. Attacking midfield is an area in which Spurs are well stocked now.

As a striker, Dempsey isn't an upgrade on Emmanuel Adebayor or Jermain Defoe. With the arrival of Roberto Soldado and Nacer Chadli at White Hart Lane, do they still need Dempsey?

Dempsey was in no way an iconic player to do the unthinkable, but he was someone who did his job without much fuss, someone the coach could rely upon in terms of an emergency.

He had repaid the faith shown by the club officials by scoring 12 goals in 43 appearances last season. But on closer look, Tottenham will realise that he wasn't a proper fit for Andre Villas-Boas's style of play. 

Even though hardworking, he lacked the flair and guile which is associated with Spurs attacks over the season. Did Spurs have the same venom and pace in their attacks with the American in their line-up?

Dempsey has been a loyal servant whenever he was called upon, and Spurs have done the right thing by selling the 30-year-old. He wasn't part of the club's future plans and wasn't someone who was tipped to take the club to further heights.

So, in a way, Daniel Levy has done quite well in selling him without much fuss. It is surely going to create more openings for the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lewis Holtby, and Harry Kane.

Tottenham's future looks brighter with the summer acquisitions they have made. Will they miss Clint Dempsey and his vital contributions? Only time will tell.

 

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