The current Spurs playmaker is adamant he does not feel like a replacement for the diminutive Croat, who moved to Real Madrid last summer.
"I never saw myself as the replacement for Luka," Dembele told the Daily Mail. "I feel like I'm a totally different player. For me I like to touch the ball as much as possible. I like to do defensive work and attack from midfield. I think I can do both.
"If you had asked me who were the best five players in England last season he would have been in my top five. I'm very much impressed by him. But he's a different kind of style. I don't feel like his replacement."