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Can Mousa Dembele recapture his best form for Tottenham?

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during a Tottenham Hotspur training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Real Madrid on October 31,...

The Tottenham midfielder hasn't been at his best of late.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

Mousa Dembele has produced some excellent performances during his Tottenham Hotspur career and was especially impressive in the 2015/16 season.

At his best the midfielder is capable of bursting past opponents with ease, making use of his excellent technique.

Tottenham supporters could be forgiven for wondering, however, whether Dembele will ever be able to recapture his best form, with the Belgian having not been at his best since returning from his latest injury setback.

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele (R) clashes with Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham...

Dembele produced an underwhelming performance in Tottenham's defeat to rivals Arsenal and faces a battle to re-establish himself as a regular in the starting line-up for Mauricio Pochettino's team, especially following the progression of Harry Winks.

At present Dembele still seems to be short of full fitness and he should certainly be given time to build up his sharpness, though he did impress off the bench against West Brom.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham in action during the pre-season match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, England.

At 30 years old he still has much more to offer for Tottenham but the suspicion remains that he is most effective when deployed alongside a more defensive-minded midfielder, such as Eric Dier, who is currently being used in defence, or Victor Wanyama, who remains injured.

Once Wanyama is back available it will be interesting to see whether Pochettino elects to deploy the Kenyan alongside Dembele on some occasions, with that pairing capable of bringing the best out of both players.

In Tottenham's current system, a three man midfield which often has no natural holding player, it can be difficult for Dembele to make much of an impact going forwards as he also has so much responsibility in a defensive sense.

Playing him alongside a more defensive player could see Dembele start to rediscover his best form.

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