Toby Alderweireld raves about in-form Mousa Dembele, claims he has unique attributes

Toby Alderweireld has hailed Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has told NBC Sports in America that he believes Mousa Dembele can become a key player for Spurs.

Alderweireld arrived at White Hart Lane from Atletico Madrid over the summer, and immediately reunited with some of his Belgian international team-mates, with Jan Vertonghen, Nacer Chadli and the aforementioned Dembele already at the club.

Dembele, 28, has had an up-and-down career at Spurs having signed from Fulham back in 2012, with the midfielder struggling to play regular first-team football - largely because there remains a debate over what his best position truly is.

Some believe that if you let him pick the ball up from deep and drive at defenders, then Dembele can be a real attacking force. Others suggest that pushing him further forwards makes him more of a creative threat for Spurs, and his recent form has shown that he is adaptable regardless.

Dembele was excellent against Liverpool in a deeper role, and also impressed against Bournemouth last weekend when pushed further forward, scoring a goal in the process - and if he can move past his inconsistency and produce regularly effective displays, he can certainly become a key player under Mauricio Pochettino.

Team-mate Alderweireld agrees with that notion, telling NBC Sports that if Dembele can stay fit, he has a major role to play, whilst he also acknowledged that Dembele's combination of power and technical ability make him something of a unique talent.

"I think he is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League," said Alderweireld. "He is very strong and it is difficult to be strong and technical. He has both. I think if he is not getting injured again then he will be a massive player for us. He can give even more to the team if he is healthy and I think the game against Liverpool was a massive game from him."

"I hope he can show it now every week because he deserves it. He works very hard and is a very good guy. I really hope he can show it more because he is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League," he added.

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