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Tottenham midfielder Dembele keen to establish role in team

Published 10/19/2015, 6:10 AM EDT

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REUTERS – Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is keen to establish his exact role at the club and is demanding talks with manager Mauricio Pochettino to resolve the issue.

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The Belgian international has scored just once in his last 46 appearances for Spurs but was the man-of-the-match in Saturday’s goalless draw against Liverpool, where he was utilised as a holding midfielder.

However, Dembele has seen his playing time slashed due to the emergence of Eric Dier, suspended for Saturday’s Premier League encounter, and Dele Alli this season.


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“My best position depends on our tactics and the opposition,” Dembele was quoted as saying by the British media.

“Against Liverpool, there was a lot of space for me because they try to attack. But against teams that sit back, I could be best from the right as I can make a difference.

“Last season, there were also a lot of players in each position and you have to have this if you want to compete with the top teams. It is quite hard to hold down a place.

“It is something that we need to discuss but I will try to impress the manager wherever he plays me. It is something between me and the gaffer that we need to sort out,” the 28-year-old Belgian added.


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Team mate Jan Vertonghen heaped praised on his Belgian compatriot, saying he would be a “nightmare” to play against.

“He might be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and everyone agrees on that,” Vertonghen told the club’s website (

“It’s a joy to play with him and a nightmare to play against him. I was playing some difficult balls into him and wanted to say ‘sorry’ but he turns them around. He’s an unbelievable player.


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“I just hope he can stay fit because that’s the main thing with Mousa. He worked hard to come back and I hope that he stays fit now for the rest of the season,” the former Ajax defender added.

(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru; Editing by John O’Brien)

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