Kara Mbodji shows West Ham missed out as he dominates Tottenham

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Kara Mbodji impressed as Anderlecht beat Tottenham in the Europa League.

Defender Kara Mbodji showed he had no fear dealing with Premier League opposition as he helped Anderlecht to a victory over Tottenham Hotspur last night.

The centre-back was a commanding presence as the Belgians dispatched Spurs 2-1, coming from behind after Christian Eriksen had given the North London side an early lead.

The Times praised his display, writing: "(Clinton) N'Jie never looked comfortable as a focal point of the attack up against the giant Kara Mbodji."

He may even have given Premier League sides reason for regret after passing on him in the summer.

The team most prominently linked was West Ham, first in February by The Mirror, and in early June The Sun reported the Hammers had wrapped up a deal to sign the Senegalese international for £4 million.

This proved not to be the case, with Mbodji moving from Racing Genk to Anderlecht later in the month.

Against Tottenham last night he showed why he would have been well suited to the Hammers.

He won more aerial duels than any other player on the pitch (7), with his ten clearances also a team high. He added to his impact making one successful tackle, four interceptions, and blocking one goalbound shot.

Despite dominating possession with 67 per cent, Tottenham struggled to test Anderlecht, having only four shots on target, credit to the Belgian side's backline.

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