Tottenham have already solved their midfield problems with the club record signing of Tanguy Ndombele this summer, but it’s worth remember why those problems occurred in the first place.

The form and fitness of Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama has been a huge issue, but Spurs’ lack of depth in central midfield last season was primarily down to the exit of Mousa Dembele.

Dembele, no longer fit enough to play regularly in a Mauricio Pochettino side, left in the January transfer window for Chinese side Guangzhou R&F, where he is making more money and playing less intense football – the perfect combination, some might say.

Tottenham have spent the last few days in Shanghai, culminating in a 2-1 friendly defeat to Manchester United on Thursday. The trip gave Dembele, who obviously now lives in China, the chance to reunite with his former teammates.

The 32-year-old visited the Spurs camp on Friday. His good friend and countryman Jan Vertonghen posted a picture of the pair together on Twitter, provoking an outpouring of emotion from Tottenham fans in the replies section.

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