Why Pochettino needs to drop Mousa Dembele to the bench

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Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele has impressed with his performances recently.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino faces a selection dilemma due to the fact it looks increasingly difficult to place Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele into the same attacking quartet.

Dembele has been in fine form recently, playing as a number 10 for the side, but his inclusion has had a detrimental impact on Eriksen's displays.

The Dane is forced to play out wide when Dembele is in the team and his performances appear to be hindered away from his favoured role.

Eriksen has always functioned better when playing in a centralised spot and Pochettino must consider whether Dembele's inclusion is worth curbing the impact of his most talented outfield player.

At their best, Eriksen is a superior footballer to Dembele and even though the Belgian will argue that he doesn't deserve to lose his slot, he may simply be unlucky to be competing with a player as talented as his 22-year-old colleague.

Eriksen is a cut above most players in the country and there is no shame in being his lesser - almost the entire Tottenham squad are.

The natural solution to Pochettino's problem would be to drop Dembele back and utilise him as a midfield shield once again, but the Spurs boss is known to favour Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb in those spots.

In any case, Dembele's own performances when played there have looked lethargic, with his immobility exposed against high tempo sides.

It means that Dembele's resurgence in recent weeks may be a short-lived one and it could be that it is not too long before the former Fulham man has to take up a position at White Hart Lane that he has become familiar with - on the bench.

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