With Tottenham reportedly close to finalising the £5 million signing of young French striker Moussa Dembélé from Fulham, they look to put Premier League commentators in a sticky situation as they already have a player of the same name in Belgian midfielder, Mousa Dembélé (who has one less S in his first name).
The two Dembélé’s have briefly been clubmates before, both having played at Fulham back in 2012. The young French striker, Moussa, caught a number of teams attention with his performances this season, with reported interest from Everton, Feyenoord and AS Monaco. The 19 year old who has been capped for the France U20 team, has scored 11 times already this season for Fulham in the Championship, with his last coming earlier this month against Sheffield Wednesday.
Currently enjoying the best spell of his career, Belgian Dembélé has recently renewed his contract at Spurs until 2019, whilst the young Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season.
If he moved to an English club as a free agent, Fulham would still receive a fee for him, to be fixed by a tribunal, due to his age. Spurs on the other hand are keen on tying the deal up during this transfer window, even if it means paying a bit more than they might do at the end of the season.
Whilst Premier League announcers and pundits will have a problem when commentating, the first issue will be for the kitman. What would each of the two Dembélé’s have on the back of their shirts?
Would the older player have just Dembélé and the new striker have M. Dembélé? Or would the Belgian have to make use of his funky middle names of Sidi and Yaya?
With their first names being just one letter apart, having just the first names on the back of the shirt is probably out of the question. Perhaps the best suggestion would be to adopt the Brazilian convention of having the place they are from to differentiate the two (as in the Juninho’s, Paulista and Pernambucano). Perhaps, Dembélé Wilrijk (the Belgian Mousa) and Dembélé Pontoise (the French Moussa), would be the best option for the two French speakers.
Whatever they have on the back of the shirts, the French starlet looks to have a bright future, who’ll be keen to impress as back-up to the prolific Harry Kane, or back at Fulham if he is loaned straight back to the club who are under a transfer embargo.