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Tottenham fans on Twitter identify Dembele's exit as crucial turning point

Mousa Dembele’s exit was when Tottenham’s fortune changed.

The Belgian midfield man was some force in the middle of the park for the Lilywhites.

It’s almost three years since he left the club, and he’s still never been replaced.

The way that he carried the ball, turned his way out of trouble and took pressure off the defence was majestic.

Off the back of one of Spurs’ worst performances in recent memory, fans have been looking back to when the midfield looked good.

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Most of them can’t think of a strong midfield display since Dembele’s departure.

Dembele left for China in January 2019 for a fee of £11m (BBC).

He’s one that will always be a favourite at Spurs, though.

It’s hard to quantify what Dembele brought with just numbers.

He rarely scored or assisted, but that didn’t matter.

The fans all know exactly what he was good for, and in their pomp under Mauricio Pochettino, Dembele was crucial.

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in Tanguy Ndombele, Tottenham have an asset who could potentially do what Dembele once did.

The Frenchman is yet to show the consistent mettle in midfield that Dembele did every week, though.

It cannot be a coincidence that when Dembele left the Lilywhites’ decline started.

Their run to the Champions League final in 2019 masked it for a short while.

In the seasons that have followed it’s become increasingly more obvious that Dembele held this side together.

Nuno Espirito Santo would be a hero at Tottenham if he can turn Ndombele into the second coming of Dembele.

The fans won’t be holding out hopes of it happening, however.

Many of them hold in Dembele in such high regard that they can’t think of a decent midfield display since his exit.

The last incredible midfield display that comes to mind for many of them is Juventus away in the Champions League.

At the Allianz he had 10.2% of the whole game’s possession (Planet Football), so it’s easy to see why he’s missed.

You can see what the Lilywhites had to say about Dembele and when their midfield last looked good here:

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