Spurs midfielder talks about the challenge of filling Mousa Dembele’s shoes

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Dom Le Roy

Mousa Dembele had a fantastic career at Tottenham and was one of the standout players in the side in the last six-and-a-half years.

Dembele who arrived from Fulham in the summer of 2012, started thriving particularly following the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino.

The Belgian was an important part of Pochettino’s revolution and played an important role in Tottenham’s recent title challenges. The midfielder has now joined Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F as there were doubts if his body could continue to cope with the rigors of top-flight football.

The task of replacing Dembele in the team has now fallen to 23-year-old local boy Harry Winks. While Winks has a completely different style of play to Dembele, he has proved in recent months that he is more than capable of becoming a mainstay in Tottenham’s midfield.

The England man has now spoken about the challenge of replacing Dembele and what he learned from the now departed player during his time at Spurs.

Speaking to The Independent, Winks said, “I learned a lot from Mousa, not only was he fantastic on the field as everyone knows but he was top off the field as well, he was a real humble guy and a nice person to speak to.

“On the pitch, he was one of the best players I have ever played with and I wish him all the best.

“I don’t feel the pressure, we have got a lot of good players who can step up to the plate and I don’t consider myself as someone who has taken Mousa’s place, it is more a collective thing and if I am given the opportunity to play then I’ll play.”

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