Tottenham Hotspur may have introduced their record signing in the summer in the form of Tanguy Ndombele, but fans also had to wave goodbye to Mousa Dembele in 2019.
The holding midfielder had been a firm favourite among supporters since Pochettino took over at the club and reinvented the star’s position.
Dembele acted as the driving force in that Spurs midfield for many seasons, using his superb strength and twinkle-toed feet to dance through defences.
However, in January 2019, Dembele transferred away from Spurs to play in the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou R&F for a fee of around £11m (BBC).
But how has Mousa been getting on in China?
It appears that he has put his injury troubles behind him, perhaps helped by moving away from the intense Premier League. Dembele has missed just three games for his new club in the league, appearing in 23 (Transfer Markt).
Dembele has also completed 90 minutes in 19 of these 23 games, scoring one goal and assisting four others.
Not only this, but Mousa has been playing in a variety of positions, including his usual holding midfield role, central midfield, left-mid, attacking midfield, and even centre-forward for one match.
All in all, it seems as if the China transfer was the right move for Dembele.
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