The Tottenham midfielder is struggling to find his club form for Belgium.
Mousa Dembele celebrates after scoring the first goal for Tottenham
One of the key reasons behind their good form was the resurgence of midfielder Mousa Dembele.
The Belgian international had a brilliant season and is now set to represent his nation at the European Championships in France this summer.
The problem however is that he has failed to replicate that form for the Red Devils.
It was a problem that had Belgium coach Marc Wilmots talking this week, admitting his frustrations with the Spurs midfielder. He told Sport/Voetbalmagazine, as quoted by Voetbal Nieuws:
“About his class, we have to have it. I know for a long time. But he often came to the national team with a small injury. The hip or this or that. Annoying. If the game was not cancelled against Spain, I would have tested him behind the striker. I know that he can play well.
"Those targeted had never forward. Then he started it yet to do at Tottenham and he shot once at goal. If you only knew how many times I have made to do just that with us. I told him: you have a gun, use it!"
Wilmots of course has plenty of options in his midfield area – with the likes of Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini and Radja Nainggolan also hoping to feature in the starting XI.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with Mousa Dembele as he prepares to come on
With that in mind Dembele is going to need to bring some of the consistent form that he showcased at Spurs throughout the recent Premier League campaign.
If not then the Spurs man could end up playing something of a bit-part role in the Belgium effort in France.