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Plenty of Tottenham fans are saying the same thing about Mousa Dembele after Belgium exit

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Plenty of Tottenham fans are saying the same thing about Mousa Dembele after Belgium exit

The Belgian midfielder struggled to find his rhythm against France.

First and foremost, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is a tremendous footballer. Ask a player at Spurs the best player in their squad and, nine times out of ten, the answer will come back as Dembele.

It is why there has been such concern over the apparent likelihood of him being sold this summer, with his contract talks at the club falling apart.

But based on the performance of the Tottenham man against France yesterday, perhaps it is time to move on.

Dembele spent much of last season getting the better over his midfield rivals. But last night he was no match for N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba. France won 1-0 and Dembele was eventually hauled off the pitch by Roberto Martinez.

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He looked sluggish throughout the game and failed to find any rhythm.

For some the reason was clear. Apart from the England game, which was essentially a ‘B’ team game, Dembele has not had a look in at the tournament. He came into the Belgium team for a suspended Thomas Meunier but came in cold. His rhythm was not up to scratch and the Spurs star therefore struggled.

But many Tottenham fans saw similarities in this performance and that of Dembele in the FA Cup semi-final v Manchester United. Lethargic, wasteful and blunt it is not what Tottenham have become used to from the dynamic midfielder.

So perhaps this summer it is the right time to let Dembele go. At least that is what some fans are now saying on Twitter as Belgium crashed out of the World Cup…

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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