Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey says he is enjoying his recent transition to a central role, despite admitting to teething problems as he adapted to the switch.
After playing a part in two of his side’s goals and nearly scoring himself during Spurs' 3-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday, the 29-year-old was happy with to have finally started finding a way to fit in with Spurs.
"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. It was a game I enjoyed because I'm a player that needs to get on the ball. I'm better getting it on the half-turn and then facing my opponents, rather than always playing with my back to goal. I thought I did a better job of getting on the angles where I could get on the turn and drive forward."
The switch from Fulham to Tottenaham saw Dempsey move from a place on the left side of midfield into a more central role, something that has caused him some growing pains in the switch of clubs, but the American says he's starting to adjust to the requirements of the new position and the new team.
“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 said in the same interview. "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 preseason 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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