Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT about the issue he feels Mousa Dembele needs to work on.
Dembele’s progress since he joined Tottenham has been inconsistent and Murphy has suggested that it relates to the fact he’s not been able to hold down a regular place in the midfield of the first team.
The London Evening Standard recently reported that the player would talk with manager Mauricio Pochettino over his future ahead of the new season, as he mulls over whether to stick or twist at White Hart Lane.
“I played with Mousa (Dembele) and he’s one hell of a talent. He’s been a little in and out of that Tottenham side recently so needs to work on that,” he said.
Does Dembele have a place in Tottenham’s midfield?
He certainly does because he’s an extremely talented player in possession and is someone with a strong centre of gravity, who is very difficult to nudge off of the ball once he breaks down the opposition.
He gives Tottenham’s midfield a gritty and physical edge, which releases the likes of Christian Eriksen and Nabil Bentaleb to get a bit further forward in midfield to support Harry Kane, who has been playing as a lone striker.
What challenges is he facing?
There are some very hungry and young players coming into Tottenham’s midfield such as Alex Pritchard and Dele Alli, but they don’t offer the same presence in midfield as the Belgian.
Dembele is someone who can sit and pull the strings and someone who could become the most important midfielder at the club if he stays where he is.
What are his options?
He can stay where he’ll have to fight for a place in the Spurs midfield and where he’ll have to prove that he’s a better proposition than the other options Pochettino has or he can move on and take a transfer to a potentially smaller club where he’ll be guaranteed first choice.