The news that Mousa Dembele looks set to return to the Tottenham midfield will greatly cheer all Spurs supporters who have been feeling rather disgruntled since the weekend’s defeat by Arsenal. Dembele has been missing since the international break at the beginning of October. He was injured while playing for Belgium in the World Cup qualifying match against Scotland. He was substituted at half-time in that match for the injury which appears to be a recurrence of a hip problem he had while with Fulham. Consideration was being given to Dembele having an operation but it appears that that is unnecessary and he could be available for selection on Sunday against West Ham United at White Hart Lane, if there are no setbacks during training.
Spurs with Dembele:
P 7 W 4 D 3 L 0 (PL: 5th)
Dembele signed for Spurs in the last week of August and made his mark in his debut against Norwich, coming on as a half-time substitute and scoring to give Spurs the lead in the game which eventually in a 1 – 1 draw. Dembele’s presence was immediately noticed in the Spurs’ midfield where the team went on a winning League run of four games between the international breaks. Spurs won at Reading, at home to Queen’s Park Rangers, then had a remarkable win at Old Trafford before a home win over Aston Villa. After a slow start to the season, Spurs had climbed to 5th in the Premier League.
Spurs Minus Dembele (inc. 2 games in August):
P 11 W 3 D 2 L 6 (PL: 8th)
Returning from the international break with an injury, the Tottenham team without Dembele has only managed one win in five League matches. Dembele’s absence has been one of the main concerns with the team in recent weeks as it lacked his strength and controlling presence in that vital area. This was immediately apparent in the home defeat to Chelsea and Spurs have been unable to find an alternative from within the squad. In Dembele’s absence the results have slipped and Spurs are now in 8th position in the Premier League behind both Arsenal and West Ham.
Mousa Dembele recently retweeted this tweet:
Vital Matches Ahead:
Tottenham have some vital League matches in the coming weeks – at home to West Ham United and Liverpool before away trips to Fulham and Everton at the beginning of December. The opening months of the season have seen Spurs restricted with a number of long term in juries so hopefully, Dembele’s return will mark a change of fortune in that area and provide Andre Villas-Boas with options in midfield along with a return to winning ways.