Tottenham transfers: Mousa Dembele wants regular spot

Tottenham transfers: Mousa Dembele expresses his dismay at a lack of first-team action in recent weeks

Mousa Dembele
Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele Photo: Paul Blank

Mousa Dembele says he is dissatisfied with his limited first-team opportunities at Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks.

The Belgium international was used as a second-half substitute in a goalless draw with Hull City and a 1-0 loss to Newcastle United earlier this month.

Dembele, who joined Spurs from Fulham in 2011, revealed he has been dropped to the bench because Andre Villas-Boas wants to use his defensive-minded midfielders.

“I cannot be satisfied with it, of course, I just want to play as many games,” Dembele is quoted as saying by NBC Sports.

“The coach explained that he makes a tactical choice, he wants more defensive players in
midfield.”

Meanwhile, Spurs captain Michael Dawson backed Tottenham to challenge for silverware despite a disappointing fortnight in the Premier League.

“Our expectations are high,” Dawson told the Daily Star Sunday.

“There’s no hiding at the start of the season. Our aim was to be in the top four. That hasn’t changed.

“But we aim high and we believe that we have got the squad – and the quality in the dressing room – to go all the way.”

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