Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele has made an ambitious claim that he can become first choice under Mauricio Pochettino, as he spoke to London24.
The Belgian has admitted to disappointment over the way his season panned out at White Hart Lane in the last campaign, but feels he can make a difference for the side moving forward.
“I always want to play so of course it’s [been] a big disappointment for me, but I can’t stand still with the disappointment. I need to think about myself as well, what to do better or why I don’t play, and what to do. I want to play much more, of course,” he said.
“Even though I can play in a few positions I think I can be the first [choice], but I don’t know how the manager thinks.”
The fact Dembele can play so many different roles for Tottenham has arguably worked against him.
He’s been one of Pochettino’s ‘go to’ guys when he’s had an injury or a problem in a midfield position and he deserves some credit for being professional as he’s always come in and given his best when he’s been needed.
The problem for any player constantly switching and changing positions is that it becomes difficult to nail down one role, to master that role and to become one of the first names down on the team sheet as a result.
Dembele, if he stays at the club, and Pochettino need to work out his best position together and hopefully the manager can make squad additions, which allow him to focus on that position, without a need to constantly change and adapt.