Supporters of Tottenham have taken to social media in their numbers this evening to plead with manager Mauricio Pochettino to introduce Mousa Dembele as soon as possible, following a hugely-disappointing first-half performance versus Brighton & Hove Albion.
The two sides are currently locked in action at the Amex Stadium, with hosts Brighton having come into proceedings in a respectable 13th-place in the Premier League table, 7 points clear of the relegation zone.
Chris Hughton’s men fell to a disappointing defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last time out, after seeing their valiant comeback efforts fall short in a 3-2 loss at Selhurst Park.
Tottenham, meanwhile, currently sit 4th in the Premier League table, 7 points clear of London rivals Chelsea, though Mauricio Pochettino’s men fell to a 3-1 loss to champions Manchester City in their last outing.
The starting lineups of both sides were announced an hour prior to kick-off, with hosts Brighton having made 2 changes to the XI that took on Crystal Palace:
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽ (@OfficialBHAFC) April 17, 2018
Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, opted for a hefty 6 changes to his side:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 17, 2018
The opening 45 minutes this evening saw both sides cancel each other out for the most-part, with the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Heung min-Son struggling to make any real impact (until the final minute of the half when the latter forced an excellent save from Matt Ryan).
Brighton, for their part, looked typically solid at the back, and dangerous on occasion on the break through wingers Anthony Knockaert and José Izquierdo.
The Tottenham faithful unsurprisingly grew increasingly frustrated as the first-half wore on, with a common theme across Twitter having seen the club’s fans plead with Mauricio Pochettino to introduce Mousa Dembele to add some spark to their lacklustre midfield:
This game needs Mousa Dembélé.
— ً (@Eriksenology) April 17, 2018
I’d bring Dembele on at HT.
— Luke Herbert (@lukeherbert) April 17, 2018
Get dembele on ffs
— jamie (@jamied90_) April 17, 2018
If you’re not sure what dembele foes for spurs, have a look 15 yards in front of our center halves when Brighton attack.
— Mr Seán Kelly . (@no1jib) April 17, 2018
Mousa for Moussa needed ASAP #COYS
— Jack (@DembeleEdition) April 17, 2018
Nah we need Dier or Dembele on now
— Harry🖕🏼 (@harrypell_) April 17, 2018
I easily forget how important Dembele is to this team. Then they stick Wanyama in his spot and it all becomes crystal clear. #BHATOT
— Charlie Connell (@CConnell8) April 17, 2018
We really miss Dembele and he hasn’t even left yet.
— Ben Franks (@benfranksthfc) April 17, 2018
Dembele for Sissouko sooner rather than later
— LJohnson (@lazqetjohnson) April 17, 2018
Need to replace Sissoko & Aurier with Dembele and Trippier.
— Mike (@mikee_swe) April 17, 2018
If poch wants 3 points he’s got to put dembele on #THFC
— noname (@yiddooooo) April 17, 2018