91 Touches, 4 Dribbles: Tottenham star Dembele shines in 'new' position

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Moussa Dembele played in an attacking midfield role for Spurs, and was a bright spark in an average display from the side.

Having left Christian Eriksen at home, Tottenham needed a replacement for the Dane against Besiktas.

They turned to a player who once played in the position regularly for former club Fulham, and revelled at being switched into what is a 'new' role for him at Tottenham.

Moussa Dembele answered Mauricio Pochettino's request to play behind striker Roberto Soldado, and while he was unable to help engineer a goal for his side in the 1-0 loss, he showed plenty of bright touches.

It has been reported by various sources that Dembele is on list of players available for a January transfer, losing his place to Ryan Mason in central midfield, and rarely playing 90 minutes - either substituted early or brought off the bench late on.

Against Besiktas he was impressive in the number 10 role, making 91 touches, completing 89 per cent of his passes. He provided two goalscoring opportunities, and still managed to track back and make three tackles.

It may not be enough to dissuade Pochettino from a sale if a big offer comes in, but the extra string to his bow shows he is viable, temporary, alternative to Eriksen if Tottenham need him.

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