How does Mousa Dembele’s resurgence impact on Tottenham’s other attackers?

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The Belgium international has played well in the number ten role for Spurs in their last two games.

With a burgeoning central midfield partnership between youngsters Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason at Tottenham and Benjamin Stambouli improving as he settles in England, Mousa Dembele’s role at the North London club was starting to be questioned.

However, with rumblings that the Belgian could be heading elsewhere as a result of a lack of regular football, Dembele has seemingly found his niche in recent games.

In the number ten role behind Harry Kane, the former Fulham attacker has looked much more in his element, with his dribbling ability and movement off the ball being taken advantage of.

However, with a case to suggest that Dembele could continue in this role, how does it impact on Spurs’ other attacking players?

The player that will have to switch his position as a result is Christian Eriksen, who has been forced to start on the left of Spurs’ attack.

Although this has seemingly had no negative impact on the side’s play or the Dane himself, who has scored three goals in the two games, it could threaten to limit the Scandinavian’s influence.

With more defensive responsibilities in a wider role and Eriksen no longer being the fulcrum for Spurs’ possession play, it will be interesting to see how he develops in the position if asked to feature there consistently.

Nacer Chadli will also be impacted as a knock-on effect, with the former Twente man making way at the weekend as a result.

The Belgian prefers to start on the left and cut in-field, which has seen him play an important role in the side this season.

It also means that Chadli could well be left to fight for one attacking place on the right with Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend, somewhere he has not really featured for Spurs since moving to White Hart Lane in 2013.

All-in-all, Dembele’s performances of late can only be deemed as a positive thing for Mauricio Pochettino’s men as it gives them more options in the final third.

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