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Tottenham's Mousa Dembele on what he must improve this season

The future of the Belgian midfielder has come under scrutiny this summer.

Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele has spoken of his determination to remain a part of the club’s on-going project amid uncertainty around his future.

Speaking to the club’s official site, the 28-year old said:

“I hope to fight for the team and that’s the first thing I’ll do, fight for the team and try to do what the manager asks of me."

“There is a good atmosphere in the team and I want to be part of that and prove that I can be important for this club.”

“This season I want to be successful personally and with the team, which is most important.”

The former Fulham man has been a source of constant frustration for Spurs fans in his three seasons at White Hart Lane.

He possess all the technique and physical traits to go right to the very top of the game but has somewhat stagnated and failed to work on the areas that let him down.

Dembele is aware of what he needs to improve and revealed he will work hard to do so, adding:

“I want to score goals and make goals.”

“I’ve played a few games on the right now and I’ve been able to focus on being dangerous in front of goal and trying to do that more and more.

“The statistics will show that I need to score more goals so this is something I want to improve this season and show I can be more potent in front of goal.”

If he can indeed add goals and assists to his game, Spurs will have one heck of a player on their hands, but there remains doubts over how well-suited he is to a Mauricio Pochettino team.

He currently lacks the directness to play as a wide forward – a role Pochettino is seemingly trying to fit him into this season – and he lacks the passing range and tempo to thrive in the deeper midfield role he has occupied for much of his Spurs career.

There is the sense that this season is a defining one for Tottenham’s enigmatic Belgian, and if consistency and clear role is not found by May – Spurs may have to part ways with arguably their most gifted player.

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