Our progression has been fine as evidenced by the amount of goals we've scored in the second half of the season.
We've picked up 8/12 points against Liverpool and City, two of the best pressing teams in the world, so we are obviously not doing too badly on that front.
We all love Dembele but he had his faults too. One major one being his limited passing range and habit for holding on to the ball for too long - hardly ideal for a counter attacking team (as we are usually against the better sides).
Our issues are not against pressing sides they are against bus parkers so I don't think a press resistant midfielder is the solution.
My point is, I think this team improves more by having lets say Trippier and Alonso in at wingback than it does by having Bissouma or Dembele in for Hojbjerg with Sess and Emerson remaining at wingback.
Imagine how many more goals Kane would have if we had players capable of finding him from wide?
Weird logic. We have 2 elite attacking players and a third one who has had a wonderful start. We're a very, very good, top heavy counter attacking side. We score LOADS of goals vs sides who give us space, and struggle badly to score vs sides who don't .. i.e Burnley, Brentford, Brentford etc.
Because we parked the bus and countered. Getting points in those games doesn't show we matched them in midfield, we were nowhere even close. Vs Liverpool every time we played out the ball came straight back because Hojbjerg and Bentancur simply couldn't handle the press.
We were very good at countering under Poch with Dembele. He resisted the press and laid it off to someone like Eriksen to make the killer pass. He'd be a monster in this side.
Agree to disagree. If we want to have a greater amount of control over games vs pressing sides we need more press resistant midfielders.
I don't disagree with this and do think wing backs are the priority, but swiftly followed by that need for a monster CM.
Imagine how many more if we had a CM capable of beating the early press and getting it to said wing backs? Why not both!