The Belgian found himself out of the side at times last season, and was linked with a move to Sunderland over the summer.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that despite reports linking him away from the club this summer, Mousa Dembele is a player that remains very much in his plans, the Argentine is quoted as saying by London 24 in his press conference ahead of the trip to Manchester United.
The 43-year-old did however concede that the player had a difficult season last time round, while also admitting that finding the best position for Dembele to play in remains a problem.
“Yes, he’s in my plans [for the season], Dembele,” said the Argentine, via London 24. “I think we need to try to provide him [with the help] to show his real quality here.
“It’s true the last season was difficult for him, but not only was it difficult for him at Tottenham – with his national team too. It’s for that reason we need to try to find the best position for him, to show the quality that he has.”
Dembele was linked with a switch to Sunderland this summer by the Mirror, having seen former Spurs teammate Younes Kaboul move to the Stadium of Light, and with his former AZ manager Dick Advocaat signing up for another year in football on Wearside.
However, nothing more than rumours materialised regarding a switch, and the Belgian has played an important role in the Londoners' pre season friendlies, impressing against Real Madrid.
The 28-year-old was a big part of Tottenham's could form towards the start of 2015, featuring in the famous win over champions Chelsea as well as Arsenal, but a poor performance in the opening half against West Ham in February saw him dropped, and he only made one more league start after that.
As has long been the case with the former Fulham man, there is uncertainty about where he is best employed in the Spurs team, as well as what can be done to turn him into the star player certain aspects of his play hint at him becoming.
A tendency to pass sideways or backwards rather than look for an offensive route is a common criticism of Dembele, but his close control and strength is amongst the best in the Premier League.
Spurs fans will certainly be hoping they see a better, more focused player starting with tomorrow at Old Trafford, and for that to be the case, Pochettino has to do his bit too.