The 23-year-old, however, has grown accustomed to the role of utility man under Pochettino, who has used him as centre-back in both a defensive pair and trio, as well as midfield and, occasionally, right-back.
The England worldwide, who has been out of action since February, but still ended up on the PFA Team of the Year last season, did express his disappointment with the club's rigid pay system and lack of big-money and big-name signings in an interview last month.
Dembele has not started the past two league games against Everton and Swansea, and he could return to the bench for Saturday's visit to West Ham after playing 79 minutes of Tuesday's EFL Cup third-round win over Barnsley.
"We have a very good communication with the doctor, physio, sports science, coaching staff to try to help him".
But I tell you always, Harry is a player who loves Tottenham and is going to stay here. "It's because they are human, the players are human". Kane has developed into one of the most feared strikers in the world in recent seasons having scooped back-to-back Premier League golden boot awards, but the individual honours has not been followed by team success and has led to suggestions he could soon want a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid.
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West Ham will be wary of the 24-year-old's penchant for scoring in London derbies ahead of their clash with Spurs this weekend. "Then it is up to the manager to use him in different positions".
Pochettino added that Spurs took a risk by not signing a midfielder in 2015, instead pushing Dier into the role, and he feels Tottenham's fearless decision ultimately paid off with his success.
"He can dominate different positions on the pitch and that is so fantastic - he can be top as a midfielder, centre-back or full-back. All the managers love to have this type of player in your squad", Pochettino said.
"We signed him as a young centre back but we chose to give him the possibility to play in midfield when we signed Toby Alderweireld". He deserved all the praise and our decision [paid off]. But I think Harry deserves it.
"We feel very proud of his last three seasons with us because I think he achieved many, many more things than he expected. For me, Harry is one of the best strikers in the world". He deserved all the praise and our decision paid off to be courageous and give him the possibility to play in a club like Tottenham when you fight for big things.
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