Tottenham fans debate their best central midfield pairing

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Tottenham Hotspur fans have commented after their recent clash with Liverpool.

Saturday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool saw the resurgence of a player whose Spurs future has looked unclear for quite some time.

Mousa Dembele has been used relatively sparingly this season and was recently ruled out for three matches with a sprained ankle, but he returned against Liverpool – after a brief cameo against Swansea City prior to the international break – and was ultimately crowned man-of-the-match.

With Eric Dier suspended against the Reds, teenager Dele Alli was moved back slightly and Dembele shone further forward, suggesting that Tottenham have plenty of midfield combinations that could work if manager Mauricio Pochettino needs to change things up throughout the season.

With Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason currently side-lined but soon pushing for a recall, it is going to be interesting to see who forms Tottenham’s first-choice central midfield pairing when everyone is fit and available.

Below is a selection of comments from Tottenham fans explaining who they feel fits the bill:

George said: Dier and Dembele, if he keeps fit! I feel with someone like Dier alongside you would see the best in Dembele, just as we did before he got that ankle injury against QPR, him and Sandro was a colossus in midfield when AVB was manager.’


Baz said: ‘That's a very difficult one. Not Bentaleb. Dier would be DM. Dembele is best on the ball but cannot score. Dele Alli is going to be a shoo-in next year. Mason works hard and runs past the front man and can score. On this basis I would start with Dier and Mason.’


Muhoo said: ‘Dembele cannot score or create looks good on the ball though,I'd agree with Dier/Mason.’


Lihle said: ‘Dembele cannot score but he allows the team to keep the ball. How many goals has Mason scored? I remember only two. I at times get frustrated with people who become obsessed with speed in football. That is why people think Walker and Rose are good players just because they can run. What does Walker give you other than running and always hits the defender in front of him when he tries to cross? A guy like Xavi would never play for Spurs because he is slow: there is too much obsession with speed. Dembele and Dier would complement the team allowing the likes of Eriksen to then express themselves. Mason can hardly control the ball but people are impressed by his hard running!! Is this athletics? That is why English teams don't do well in Europe because of this obsession with speed at the expense of a football brain.’


Sathyajit said: ‘What you say is true to an extent. But Dembele is very inconsistent. He doesn’t show up against "smaller" teams. Plus apart from Son there is no one who is very creative up front. Lamela is also a hit-and-miss type player. Mason might not be creative, but he ups the tempo and his attitude is damn good, never stops trying and runs like a Mad Dog all game. Plus he also makes runs from midfield, which almost always is ignored. Dembele may retain the ball well, but he isn’t intelligent to make any passes. Yes his dribbles are fabulous, but then again the end product is ALWAYS nothing; not once, not twice but always. He is obviously the better footballer compared to Mason but Mason fits Poch's philosophy better. Simple.’

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