After continuing his comeback against Liverpool last night Spurs fans and pundits alike spoke highly of the Belgian, in particular his first half performance. Just how important is he to Andre Villas Boas's side?
Tottenham Hotspur won for the second game on the bounce last night after overcoming Liverpool 2-1 at White Hart Lane. While much of the focus was once again on the barnstorming display of Gareth Bale down the left-hand-side and his comically slapstick own-goal another performance caught the eye of Spurs fans. Despite Brendan Rodgers claiming he ‘assaulted’ Steven Gerrard in the box Moussa Dembele reigned supreme once again in the middle of the park highlighting how important the summer signing is to the Tottenham cause.
So far this season Spurs have played seven Premier League games in which Dembele has featured and are unbeaten; winning six and drawing one. The draw against Norwich was the only blip in his otherwise blemish free start to his Spurs career and he scored in that fixture so he can be let off for that one I am sure.
In fact his good form extends beyond Tottenham in the Premier League; in all competitions for Fulham, Spurs and Belgium this season the midfielder has only been on the losing side once out of 16 matches when Fulham were defeated 3-2 at Old Trafford in his final game for The Cottagers and his importance is clearly being noticed by the Tottenham faithful.
Here are some reactions from Twitter…
Dembele is still one of my favorite players in the Premier league, I can't wait to see him back at the cottage on Saturday— George Johnston (@GeorgeAJohnston) November 28, 2012
Gareth Bale rightly getting the plaudits after last night. But Moussa Dembele was not half bad either. Still prefer him to Modric.— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) November 29, 2012
Moussa Dembele: 5 starts for Spurs in the League, 5 wins, 12 goals scored & just 5 conceded.— The Bandwagoner (@Banglanco) November 28, 2012
Dembele won more tackles, created more chances and completed more passes than any other Spurs player in the first half.— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) November 28, 2012
Does anyone else think dembele can be a better fit for spurs than modric? Would modric have made a last ditch tackle like dembele? No!— Danny James COYS ⚽ (@danwj7) November 29, 2012
Think how gud Dembele wud look in Utds midfield...— gary hill (@redgaz73) November 29, 2012
Reflecting back on last night's game, how influential is Dembele. With him in the side #THFC have won 6, drawn 1 & lost 1. If the returning— Salim Makda (@salimmakda) November 29, 2012
Alan Hansen goes on for 5 minites about how Dembele completely controlled the game and the sun give him 6/10! #whostheidiot?— Ashley Davis (@SilverRatbyFox) November 29, 2012
Bale put in a big performance and dembele showed his class for spurs vs liverpool— Scott J (@TheRealPundit) November 29, 2012
How important do you think Moussa Dembele is to Spurs European push?