Ledley King would love Bellingham at Spurs

Tottenham are set for a hectic summer with the futures of Antonio Conte and Harry Kane far from certain.

The Spurs will do everything they can to keep the pair, but you feel like it could hinge on whether they finish in the top four in May.

Which is the word?

The North London side have been linked with a variety of signings in the upcoming summer window, including Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez.

However, Ledley King seems to think that a particular midfield addition would be a very good idea, referencing Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.

King, speaking to Reece Mennie on his podcast, said: “The only player I really like is Jude Bellingham.

“He’s going to be a player. I would selfishly love to see him in the Premier League, but only at Tottenham of course! He is going to be a fantastic player and I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts at the World Cup.”

The new Dembele

A move for Bellingham seems unlikely this summer given his reported price tag of a whopping £101m, but if King’s wish is granted, he would be a wonderful catch.

Indeed, if they can lure the former Birmingham man back to England, Conte could discover the club’s new Mousa Dembele.

Spurs have not been the same since the Belgian left with the Belgian midfielder proving to be a key player when Mauricio Pochettino was in charge.

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The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke wrote an article highlighting his importance last month, with a passage that read: “He was not only responsible for his own actions, but for the workings of the entire system. It was the mainspring of the clockwork, the keystone of the arch, the rug that tied the room together.”

It is evident that Dembélé was essential for the side and at Bellingham they could finally replace him after all these years.

Like the Belgian international, he has the utmost composure on the ball, trusts his passes and can pass a man with ease.

During his last two campaigns in the capital, Dembélé completed 92.2% and 89.6% of his passes. By comparison, the 18-year-old King would like to see signed has made 83.3% of his passes in the Bundesliga and 92.8% in World Cup qualifiers with England.

However, it is in the transport of the ball where they are most alike. The Dortmund teenage sensation, who has been dubbed “terrifying” by Roy Keane, has racked up 1.8 dribbles per game in the German top flight and 3.2 dribbles per start in the Champions League.

Dembélé, on the other hand, completed 2.4 dribbles during his last full campaign in England.

Whether or not Bellingham would become as vital to Tottenham’s cause as the now 34-year-old is an important consideration, but ultimately it seems hard to imagine a move.

If by some miracle they can convince him to come to the Spurs, it would be an excellent deal.

And in other news, Conte may form a “dangerous” duo as the THFC storyline features a £156m couple who “really hit it off”…

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