Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/26/12

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: US National Soccer Team players Clint Dempsey (L) and Josie Altador arrive at the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for ESPY)
Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey thinks he is finally getting to grips with the task of filling the giant void left by Rafael van der Vaart's departure. Van der Vaart scored 28 goals and provided many more assists during a two-year spell at White Hart Lane before he returned to Hamburg this summer. Andre Villas-Boas signed Dempsey to fill the number 10 role Van der Vaart performed so well in even though the American was used to operating off the left flank. Dempsey scored a whopping 23 goals from Fulham last season, but he struggled initially to settle in to the more central role required of him at Spurs this season. Dempsey has scored only twice in Tottenham colors, but he combined well with Jermain Defoe against West Ham on Sunday, and the 29-year-old thinks he is finally becoming accustomed to his new position. "I've been frustrated with not getting on the ball, being in the game or affecting games, but I think I'm now starting to do a better job," Dempsey said after the 3-1 ...
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