Tottenham Hotspur’s Mousa Dembele was in inspired form last night despite his side coming out on the wrong end of a thrilling 3-2 loss to fellow top-four rivals Liverpool at Anfield.
The Belgian international has established himself in the first team over the past six weeks, showing signs of rediscovering his top form following a testing spell at White Hart Lane.
Former boss Glenn Hoddle labelled him as one of three current Spurs players who have levitated the club since the start of the year, telling the Daily Mail at the weekend:
“He [Dembele] is one of the best in the country at going past a player. But if he does it in a deep position, he’s not the same threat as when he plays behind the striker.”
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Spurs legend may not be too far off the truth in his assessment as Dembele had another productive game against the Reds.
Aside from scoring a second-half equaliser, the 27-year-old was heavily involved from an attacking perspective, taking two shots and creating two chances via key passes.
In relation to Hoddle’s comments on Dembele’s dribbling ability, the former Fulham star didn’t disappoint as he demonstrated his power and close control to good effect – completing four dribbles.
In possession, he was composed and assured behind Harry Kane in attack and successfully completed 87.2% of his intended passes – more than any other player donning the white shirt.
One aspect of his game which would have pleased Mauricio Pochettino was his willingness to work hard for the team, illustrated by his five ball recoveries.
Nonetheless, Dembele’s solid outing ultimately proved in vain as Spurs were downed 3-2 thanks to Mario Balotelli scoring his first Premier League goal for the Reds with seven minutes of normal time remaining.
The result leaves the Lilywhites in sixth spot in the table, their North London rivals Arsenal being the main beneficiaries as a 2-1 win over Leicester City saw Arsene Wenger’s side leapfrog Spurs into fourth place.