Mousa Dembele will have a lot to prove for Tottenham after transfer talk

Mousa Dembele

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.

According to Tuttosport, Mousa Dembele could leave Tottenham for Napoli in January.

And, considering the Belgian's so-so White Hart Lane career, many fans would hardly throw their arms in the air with disappointment.

For the truth is Dembele has never quite done it for Tottenham. The 28-year-old arrived in north London with plenty of potential. But, at best, supporters have only ever seen glimpses of it.

That's why Dembele will now be under plenty of pressure - and will have plenty to prove.

Indeed, Spurs are currently short of a few squad members through injury, meaning Dembele could well be given a chance in the next couple of games. Considering the recent transfer talk, it could be his last.

Without being dramatic, Dembele will never get a better opportunity to prove himself than with so many of his competitors out injured.

And what may cost him his place in the Tottenham side for good now that he's back from injury isn't the fact he is terrible or makes crucial mistakes. It's that he's just not quite there - a little average compared to others making great strides.

At 21, Eric Dier is performing sensationally in midfield despite naturally being a defender. At 24, Ryan Mason has been on form so far this season and, at 19, Dele Alli has been phenomenal as a teenager who has come from League One.

It's now Dembele's turn to wow both Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham fans in similar fashion. If not, an amicable parting of the ways may be best for both parties.

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