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5 dribbles, 3 key passes - Mousa Dembele shines in a different role for Spurs

The 27-year-old reverted to his old position during Tottenham Hotspur's Capital One Cup semi-final.

Surprise was the overriding emotion as Mousa Dembele was named in the no.10 role for Tottenham at Sheffield United last weekend.

The 27-year-old Belgian midfielder has largely struggled this season, producing the odd encouraging display before underwhelming when given a big opportunity.

Dembele, though, has been played in central midfield, not only a position where there is plenty of competition at Spurs - but not necessarily his best.

Indeed, the Tottenham man once made a name for himself as an attacking midfielder and, last night, Dembele reverted to type against the Blades.

What's more, the Belgian impressed, with many Spurs fans on Twitter delighted with his performance after the game.

As statistics from Whoscored.com show, the 27-year-old won five dribbles and made three key passes (which stand for passes leading to a chance) - more than any other Tottenham player on the night.

Dembele also took 56 touches, although he could have done better with his 79 per cent passing accuracy.

Overall, though, the Belgian took a big step towards proving himself to Mauricio Pochettino. But it was in his more natural position - and not central midfield.

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