The improvement of the Tottenham Hotspur squad since Mauricio Pochettino took over at White Hart Lane is clear to see, with the Argentine trainer helping a host of Spurs’ players reach their potential.
The likes of Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and a number of others have gone from bit-part players to essential starting XI stars – largely thanks to their manager’s guidance.
However, the Tottenham man that has most benefited from Pochettino’s arrival is Mousa Dembele.
— Hotspur Hacker (@HotspurHacker) September 2, 2016
The Belgian playmaker has always been a player loaded with talent and ability, but up until the current coach arrived, and even in the South American trainer’s first year, the former Fulham man cut a frustrating figure.
Inconsistent to the point that the Spurs fans were ready to turn on him and with question marks over his ideal position led to speculation that the North London club could well cut their losses on Dembele.
However, Pochettino has clearly worked with the Belgian to turn him into what he is currently – a critical player for Spurs and the driving force behind the team’s possession game.
Before the Argentine’s guidance, Dembele was guilty of overplaying in the wrong areas and losing the ball in his own half as a result.
We are happy to have you back, @mousadembele!
— Tottenham Hotspur (@Spurs_India) September 20, 2016
The same characteristic saw Pochettino dispel Nabil Bentaleb and it is clear that the Belgium international has had to take on the Argentine’s advice to improve and stay in the team.
The Tottenham manager has also encouraged Dembele to get his head up and play with confidence, with the difference in the player that arrived at White Hart Lane and the one that now graces the team chalk and cheese.
The fact that almost the entire Spurs squad have come out in praise of their boss is a fitting tribute to the understated trainer, with Dembele more than anyone else benefiting from the former Southampton man’s quiet assurance.