Tottenham fan Harry Mahoney praises Moussa Dembele's performance against Tromso.
He came on as a substitute in Tottenham’s 0-6 thumping away to Manchester City and despite playing just 30 minutes, showed more intent in that time than the entire side that played at the Etihad.
Last night, Moussa Dembele once again proved himself to Andre Villas-Boas as he put in a man-of-the-match performance. He beat opponents, was strong on the ball and even added a goal to his name which sealed the 2-0 victory.
When Moussa Dembele joined Tottenham last season everybody had high hopes of his dominance in the midfield and when he scored on his debut vs Norwich at White Hart Lane I think the high hopes were even more ambitious.
Last season, he pretty much cemented his place in the Tottenham midfield and knew his name would be on the team sheet every week with only Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone contesting with Sandro injured for the majority of the season.
Whereas, this season he has been challenged for his position by the £17million pound man Paulinho, and the strong Etienne Capoue since his return and of course the fully fit Sandro has come back stronger than ever.
Dembele has been quoted in the press in the last couple of weeks that he is unhappy with his current role at Spurs because he is not always being selected and when he does he plays a deeper role to break up play.
So a chance to prove himself in a more advanced role, alongside Capoue last night was one he grasped and I think after his performances against Manchester City, and FC Tromso midweek, he definitely deserves the nod over a sluggish looking Paulinho of late.
With the big game against Manchester United approaching - a team he looked superb against at Old Trafford last season, I wonder if AVB will stick with him.
By resting the Brazilian pairing of Sandro and Paulinho, he gave an indication they would feature at the weekend even though they have struggled to create many chances from midfield of late. Maybe Dembele has forced his way into his plans.
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