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Time for Dempsey to step up

Clint Dempsey

Tottenham Hotspur’s Clint Dempsey plays against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane, London, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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With Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe- perhaps Tottenham’s three most talented offensive players- all out injured for the next few weeks, Andre Villas-Boas’ side need somebody to step up to the plate in their quest to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Maybe Clint Dempsey is that man.

The USA international has not enjoyed a stellar first season at White Hart Lane, after moving there from Fulham last summer. Apart from strikes against Manchester United home and away, he has not produced enough moments of excellence. The 30-year-old is one of America’s most talented soccer players, but Tottenham fans are yet to see the best of the Team USA forward.

Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: Midfielder Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States runs during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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He has managed just eight goals this season, compared to 23 last time out, and his side need him to start producing the goods sooner rather than later. While rivals Arsenal are in amazing form, Tottenham are struggling to hit top gear, and Dempsey is one of a number of players being criticised for a lack of quality in the absence of their all-star players.

With six games remaining in the Premier League season, is Clint Dempsey the man to turn Tottenham’s fortunes around? These games could define whether he remains at the club beyond the summer or not.

He has the chance to make himself a hero and inspire his side towards Champions League qualification.