Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele has spoken about not being in the Tottenham Hotspur side frequently this season.
The Belgian has been inconsistently used by Mauricio Pochettino this season because of an ankle injury, which has restricted him to just two starts and three appearances off of the bench in the Premier League.
“You want to play every game, so it’s a normal thing. This year I hoped I was going to play but then I have struggled with my ankle. If you don’t play, it’s not fun, of course,” Dembele told the Standard.
Unfortunately for Dembele, central midfield is one of the strongest areas of the current squad so he’ll have to show patience as he waits for a chance to get back into the side on a frequent basis.
Spurs have several different options in the middle of their team with Etienne Capoue, Nabil Bentaleb, Paulinho and Christian Eriksen among the players fighting for starting spots in the middle of the team.
Once he gets that chance, it’s down to him to make the most of it because that’s one of the only ways he can place the boss under pressure in terms of team selection.
The other is to make the most of the international break and his time with the Belgian national side.
Pochettino, just like any other manager, will be reviewing the results closely to see how Tottenham’s main players have been performing for their countries and Dembele is no exception.
A solid performance for Belgium during the break will send him back to Spurs with confidence and momentum and he can use that to his advantage at club level.
Dembele provides grit and aggression in the middle of the Tottenham team, which not every one of the club’s central midfielders is capable of. He just needs to show those qualities as much as he can so he can start having fun again.