Could a Tottenham Hotspur midfielder begin pushing for a move?
Moussa Dembele was substituted at half-time in Tottenham's 0-1 defeat to Newcastle, with Sandro preferred in his place.
Competition for places in the Spurs midfield is tougher than ever this season, and with results not going to plan of late, manager Andre Villas-Boas is likely to continue chopping and changing until he gets it right.
He has made 12 starts this season, playing three times from the bench, but the midfielder is apparently concerned about his future.
However his three games starting from the sidelines in the Premier League have all come since the 0-3 home loss to West Ham.
Since then he has started just two of five, including's Sunday's encounter at which he was withdrawn at half-time.
Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade ran a report ahead of the game suggesting Dembele was mildly unhappy at his recent role, with the title stating 'Dembele dissatisfied with place on the bench.'
It's a perfectly normal feeling for a footballer to have, each player wants to start at every given opportunity, but comments from the midfielder hints he is worried about his future.
"I can not be satisfied with it, of course, I just want to play as many games. The coach explained that he makes a tactical choice, he wants more defensive players in midfield."
In a World Cup year, with competition for places as tough for Belgium as it is at Spurs, it's understandable he is getting a little anxious.
It's doubtful he will start pushing for a transfer in January, but performances like his pedestrian first half one against Newcastle won't have helped his case of becoming a regular starter again.
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