London - Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is keen
to establish his exact role at the club and is demanding talks with manager
Mauricio Pochettino to resolve the issue.
The Belgian international has scored just once in his last
46 appearances for Spurs but was the man-of-the-match in Saturday's goalless
draw against Liverpool, where he was utilised as a holding midfielder.
However, Dembele has seen his playing time slashed due to
the emergence of Eric Dier, suspended for Saturday's Premier League encounter,
and Dele Alli this season.
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"My best position depends on our tactics and the
opposition," Dembele was quoted as saying by the British media.
"Against Liverpool, there was a lot of space for me
because they try to attack. But against teams that sit back, I could be best
from the right as I can make a difference.
"Last season, there were also a lot of players in each
position and you have to have this if you want to compete with the top teams.
It is quite hard to hold down a place.
"It is something that we need to discuss but I will try
to impress the manager wherever he plays me. It is something between me and the
gaffer that we need to sort out," the 28-year-old Belgian added.
Team mate Jan Vertonghen heaped praised on his Belgian
compatriot, saying he would be a "nightmare" to play against.
"He might be one of the best midfielders in the Premier
League and everyone agrees on that," Vertonghen told the club's website
"It's a joy to play with him and a nightmare to play
against him. I was playing some difficult balls into him and wanted to say
'sorry' but he turns them around. He's an unbelievable player.
"I just hope he can stay fit because that's the main
thing with Mousa. He worked hard to come back and I hope that he stays fit now
for the rest of the season," the former Ajax defender added.For
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