Mousa Dembele’s performance for Belgium last night may just have shown why Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly wants to sell him this summer.
However, Dembele’s showing for Belgium in the World Cup semi-final was below par, and it may just expose his flaws.
Belgium lost 1-0 to France, with the game largely passing the Spurs man by, after he was handed a rare start for his country.
There is absolutely no questioning Dembele’s talent, or his value to Tottenham currently, but he is reaching the twilight of his career and he looked short of his best in Russia.
In truth, the £80,000-a-week midfielder's (Daily Star) best form often comes in patches. For two or three months of the season, he is regularly one of the most influential midfielders in the Premier League.
However, Dembele’s injury record is concerning and often he takes a while to regain his top form.
And Pochettino’s questionable decision to let Dembele go, may actually be his way of showing great foresight.
Dembele is not getting any younger, and bringing in a more consistent performer for Spurs seems like a logical decision from the Argentine boss.