Mousa Dembele missed Saturday’s game at Hull but had he been fit, the Belgian would have given Tim Sherwood an interesting selection problem. It always seemed likely that Paulinho would go straight back in the side and the Brazilian’s goals from midfield may make him un-droppable in the run in. That meant the head coach would have had to choose between Dembele and Nabil Bentaleb who he introduced to the side at the end of 2013.
As it was, Mousa’s injury put an end to any speculation but the midfielder hopes to be back for Sunday’s crucial match with Everton.
It’s been reported that Dembele should return to full training this week and with an extra day’s break before Sunday’s game, he could be back in contention if all goes well in the interim.
That leaves a real dilemma for Sherwood – would you stick with the promising Bentaleb or use Dembele’s experience for such a vital game?