Or did he ever go away? Mousa’s contribution to yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United received highlighted analysis on Match of the Day with the Belgian showing signs of his best form from last season.
At the start of November however, the 26 year old seemed less than pleased at losing his place in a battle for starting slots among the defensive midfielders.
“I can not be satisfied with it, of course, I just want to play as many games. The coach explained that he makes a tactical choice, he wants more defensive players in midfield,” Dembele was quoted at the time.
Yesterday’s inclusion, with Paulinho playing further forward, suggested a return to a guaranteed starting place and after the match, the player spoke in a more positive manner about the team.
“We had to man up and we did it,” Mousa said. Everyone is professional enough to know last week was a scandal. We showed character and we showed everyone that we still have the confidence. As a team, we did incredibly well and we have to continue doing this.”
Tottenham now head to Dembele’s old club Fulham but should he be a definite starter alongside Sandro or would you prefer to see just one defensive midfielder employed from the kick off?