Clint Dempsey Deserves To Stay At Tottenham

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After a disappointing 80 minutes in Cleveland last Wednesday night, American Captain Clint Dempsey shed a little light on the United States friendly match against Belgium by converting a dubious penalty in the final ten minutes.  The U.S. still lost 4-2, and Dempsey’s match was probably one to forget, but nonetheless he did provide a goal. Critics of the Texan-born captain often pick at Dempsey for disappearing during matches and not maintaining a presence the full 90 minutes. But even so, there is no denying Clint Dempsey’s unrivaled nose for scoring goals.

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Scoring goals is exactly why Tottenham signed the American veteran last summer. After six seasons at Fulham, Dempsey finally made a move to a bigger club with Champions League aspirations.  Although Tottenham missed out on Champions League football again, Clint Dempsey’s first season as a Spur was nonetheless productive.

Dempsey’s 2012-2013 campaign with Tottenham encompassed two very different halves of the season though.


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Following a disappointing first half of the season, rumors circulated that Dempsey was not cut out for such a big club, and that maybe a move elsewhere would be in the American’s future. But Dempsey defied the critics by lighting up the scoring chart with nine 2013 goals, four of which came in Premier League matches.

Maybe Dempsey just needed some time to settle in at White Heart Lane.  He turned things around in January by scoring an equalizer at the death of regulation against the eventual champs, Manchester United.

Despite his form, Dempsey’s position with Spurs was threatened after the winter signing of German midfielder, Lewis Holtby, and the stellar form of Icelandic footballer Gylfi Sigurðsson. Falling in and out of the lineup, particularly after picking up an injury at the end of February, Dempsey returned with vengeance and regained a first team spot.

In April, Dempsey fired home two goals in a Europa League Quarter Final against Basel, and then a week later scored a clutch 75th minute equalizer against Man City. Dempsey finished off his seamless second half of the season with a one goal, one assist display against Stoke City. By the end of the season, Dempsey’s four Premier League assists tied for the second most at Tottenham.

In 46 appearances for Fulham last season, Dempsey earned major plaudits for his scintillating 23 goals—that’s one goal every other game, or .5 goals per appearance. But Dempsey nearly reproduced this scoring form in the second half of the season at Tottenham, with .45 goals per appearance.

Dempsey’s contributions have proved valuable enough to earn a starting role mostly in the midfield, but with the looming potential transfer of Gareth Bale there may be a bit more time further up the pitch next year.  After all, Dempsey was signed for his goal scoring and passing abilities, not his defense.  Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will be seeking additions to his squad this summer, but the American star seems poised to maintain his role.

In the meantime, Captain Dempsey and Team USA will face Germany in a friendly on Sunday the 2nd and then will pick back up in World Cup Qualifications away to Jamaica and at home against Panama.

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