Dembele 'disappointed' with Tottenham's draw againt Norwich despite debut goal

The midfielder signed in the final week of the transfer window and was pleased to get off to a good start in adjusting to the new squad, managing to get on the scoresheet

Moussa Dembele has spoken of his disppointment after Tottenham failed to hold on to all three points against Norwich City, despite notching a debut goal.

The Belgium international showed quick feet to make space for an emphatic finish from the edge of the box after coming off the bench at half-time, but he was denied a victory on his debut due to Robert Snodgrass’ equalising goal.

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"I’m quite disappointed. I’m happy that I scored but I would be happier if we got the three points," he told the Evening Standard.

"I found out before the game that I would be starting on the bench. For me it wasn’t a bad thing - I could keep an eye on how the team plays and see what I would have to do when I came on, so it was okay, but at the end they scored."

Dembele did, however, praise the welcoming environment at White Hart Lane under manager Andre Villas-Boas, adding: “I think it is very clear what the manager wants me to do.

"He said to me ‘play your game like you always play’ and he tried to give me confidence. That’s the only thing a player needs.

"This is a very big club and the stadium is nice. All the boys were fantastic with me when I came in. It’s a very warm club and that’s why I chose Tottenham as well."

Norwich have faced the 25-year-old twice this season already, losing 5-0 to Fulham on the opening day of the season, and midfielder Bradley Johnson hailed the impact of Dembele following his second-half scoring cameo.

He added: “He’s a world-class player.

"He only came on at half-time and he’s changed the game for them. Whenever you sign for a new team you don’t expect to start, but he’s come on and played his part and got the goal.

"I think he ran the show when we were down there [at Fulham] two weeks ago and it’s always good to see him on the bench and not doing the same again.

"He’s one of the best midfielders I’ve played against in this league, and he’ll do well for Tottenham."