Mousa Dembele has admitted he is unhappy with the amount of first team action he has been getting recently at Tottenham.
The former Fulham was virtually ever-present in his maiden season at White Hart Lane when he was fit, but has been relegated to the bench in recent weeks.
The Belgian international started in the 3-0 defeat against West Ham last month before being relegated to the bench for the Premier League games against Aston Villa, Hull and Everton.
He was handed a start for Tottenham's game against Newcastle yesterday, but was forced off at half-time through injury as Spurs stumbled to a 1-0 defeat.
Now Dembele, speaking to newspaper Nieuwsblad in his home country, has expressed his disappointment at being left out by Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas in recent weeks, and revealed he had been told it was because the Portuguese coach wanted to accommodate a more defensive-minded midfielder in his place.
“I cannot be satisfied with it, of course. I just want to play as many games. The coach explained that it is a tactical choice. He wants to play more defensive players in midfield,” said Dembele.
Spurs reinforced heavily in midfield over the summer, bringing in both Etienne Capoue and Paulinho, while Brazilian enforcer Sandro has also returned to full fitness following a lengthy injury lay-off.
Tottenham currently sit in 7th in the Premier League going into the international break following their defeat to Newcastle.
Loic Remy bagged the only goal of the game in the first half, before Newcastle 'keeper Tim Krul pulled off a host of fine saves to keep the home side at bay.