Tottenham Hotspur fans will be saddened but understanding about Mousa Dembele’s transfer to Chinese club Guangzhou today (BBC).
Dembele joined Spurs in 2012 from Fulham, and went on to play over 250 games in a Tottenham shirt.
In that time he dazzled fans with his raw strength and twinkle-toe feet, rolled together in one utterly brilliant and unique package.
The 31-year-old was out of contract in the summer, hence why Spurs decided to get some money for him while they could, securing an £11m fee (BBC).
This is only slightly less than what they paid for him over six years ago, and with Dembele struggling with injuries in the high intensity Premier League, it was the smart move for all involved.
During his time at Spurs, Dembele played in 181 Premier League games, and recorded some dazzling stats in doing so.
Across these 11,899 minutes of football, he boasted a 90.7% passing accuracy, 82.9% take-ons completed, 80.8% tackles won, seven goals, and nine assists.
Spurs must now say goodbye to one of the most talented players ever to grace the White Hart Lane turf.
Mousa Dembélé in the Premier League for #thfc:
11,899 minutes played
90.7% passing accuracy
608 take-ons attempted
82.9% take-ons completed
584 tackles attempted
80.8% tackles won
Goodnight, sweet prince. pic.twitter.com/FfWic052Wq
— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) 17 January 2019
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