Tottenham star Mousa Dembele is the best Belgian player, according to Sonck.
Wesley Sonck, a Belgian legend, has told HLN that Mousa Dembele is the player with the most quality in the entire Belgian international squad, despite the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany all being part of the team.
Sonck, who played 55 times for the Red Devils, said: “[We have] Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Vanden Borre… But I insist: the greatest talent is Mousa Dembele. You may say something about Eden [Hazard] and [Kevin] De Bruyne, but Mousa has the most qualities - it’s not normal how strong he is with the ball. Moussa has the killer mentality to make a goal.”
This is high praise for Dembele, although the qualities Sonck mentions are ones that Dembele has shown during his career in England, first with Fulham, and now with Spurs.
He is respected for his strength on the ball, and ability to hold possession despite opponents crowding him out, whilst his passing and vision - the ‘killer mentality to make a goal’ - makes him a fantastic playmaker.
Despite his skills, he often fails to actually show his true talents, and it is hard to see how one could consider Dembele as a better player than Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne - or even his Tottenham teammate Jan Vertonghen.
They all show their best talents much more consistently, and have much bigger impacts in games than Dembele generally manages, even if he is the most naturally talented one of the lot.
Dembele may possess all this talent, but he needs to start showing it on a consistent basis to ensure his reputation becomes one of a star, not of a player with failed potential.