Clint Dempsey targets Tottenham run

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Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey admits to enduring a frustrating start to life at White Hart Lane, but now feels he's starting to show the form that prompted Andre Villas-Boas to sign him from Fulham.

The 29-year-old USA international scored 23 goals for the Cottagers last season, attracting attention from a host of rival Premier League clubs.

However, after opting to join Spurs, Dempsey has struggled to replicate that form during his short time in north London, having found the net just twice in 17 appearances.

One of his most promising Tottenham displays came in yesterday's emphatic 3-1 victory over West Ham, with Dempsey excelling in a central attacking position behind two-goal hero Jermain Defoe.

"I've been frustrated with not really getting on the ball, getting into the game and impacting games," he told London 24. "I was able to give a bit more of an angle and drive with the ball a little bit more, and take some more shots and try to create chances for other people.

"It's good to play a part in two of the goals and I was a little bit unlucky not to get one myself, hitting the bar."

The change in formation is perhaps one reason why Dempsey made a stronger impact on the game, but with competition for places in the Tottenham line-up - particularly in the attacking midfield department - the American will have his work cut out cementing his place in Villas-Boas's side.

"I'm traditionally used to playing in a 4-4-2 system when I'm the guy on the left, but I'm not really an out-and-out winger," he explained. "I'm someone who comes inside and I'm more like an attacking inside-left player.

"Being more central is good because you're in a position where you see more of the ball, but it's about getting on the ball and making the movements that's going to allow you to do that. I'm starting to do a better job in that respect.

"It's just about learning how to play with this team. Every team is different and there's a period of adjustment.

"I didn't have a pre-season with them, or anybody, so I'm trying to play catch-up a little bit and trying to adjust to this team and the style that they play."

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