Quick links

Tottenham Hotspur

10 duels won; just two lost: Mousa Dembele impresses despite draw at White Hart Lane

Mousa Dembele

Mousa Dembele continues to impress since his return to the Tottenham first-team.

Mousa Dembele did well for Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, despite the club's disappointing 2-2 draw versus Stoke City.

The Belgian international, who is still yet to discover his permanent role in Mauricio Pochettino's side, emerged as one of the Lilywhite's stand-out performers as he took to the field at White Hart Lane.

Despite speculation, recently from the Mirror, continuing to link him with an exit from the club, Dembele's inclusion in the club's first two games of the season suggest he is there to stay - and he is thanking his manager's faith with a string of energetic performances. 

  MatchTotal ShotsKey PassesSuccessful PassesPass Completion (%)Successful DribblesDuels WonDuels LostInterceptions Mins Played
Mousa Dembélé Tottenham vs Stoke 2 0 56 86 3 10 2 3 90

Defensively the Belgian impressed against Stoke, just as he did against Manchester United on the opening-day, raising the question - why is he not playing a holding-midfield role?

He won ten duels in total - falling short on just two occasions - while he also displayed his ability to read the game, weighing in with no fewer than three interceptions in the centre of the park. 

Meanwhile, his five successful tackles represented the best effort managed by any player at White Hart Lane.

Composed in possession, having completed 86% of his attempted passes and won three dribbles, the Belgian international is a player capable of dictating the tempo from a more reserved position. 

In the final third, he managed two shots at goal, but his playmaking efforts fell short as he failed to fashion a single key pass.

On a day of disappointment for the White Hart Lane faithful, Mousa Dembele's display emerged as a positive.

Question remarks remain over his long-term role in Mauricio Pochettino's system, but he is certainly providing a selection headache for the Argentine head coach. 

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch