Mousa Dembele had plenty to prove as he took the field in Tottenham's opening day fixture versus Manchester United.
As the Lilywhites fell to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, courtesy of a Kyle Walker own goal, the out-of-favour Belgian international, who had been linked with a Spurs exit this summer - according to BT Sport - started the match ahead of team-mate Erik Lamela.
Deployed on the right-side of an attacking midfield trio - alongside Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli - the 28-year-old impressed; although his display suggest he would perhaps be suited to an alternative role.
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Dembele recorded the third best pass accuracy of any player on the pitch - behind only Michael Carrick and Toby Alderweireld - though he failed to fashion a single scoring opportunity for his teammates.
The Belgian international is clearly still finding his match sharpness; made obvious by his periodic laxness.
He found himself dispossessed on more occasions than any of his teammates. Meanwhile, he was also guilty of giving away a club-highest three fouls.
Defensively he impressed, however, weighing in with a four tackles, two interceptions and one clearance.
Dembele offered little in an attacking sense, while he displayed a clear knack for breaking down opposition advances, which suggests he could ultimately be of better service to Spurs playing in a more reserved central role.
He faces a challenge to feature regularly as a holding midfielder, but with Mauricio Pochettino still unsure of the Belgian's best position, the club's weekend clash will have provided the Spurs manager with at least an answer to this lingering question.