The Tottenham midfielder can still be criticised for being inconsistent - this was simply one of his better performances.
But the Belgian was still given a rousing ovation when he came off in the second half and, against the likes of Bournemouth and Aston Villa, Dembele appears at his best. In an advanced role, he exploits the extra space afforded to him by weaker teams better than plenty of others.
It was his goal that stole the limelight and the 28-year-old produced a seriously powerful run.
Another fine performance from the teenager after Frank Lampard heaped praise on him before, during and after the game.
Alli was starting his seventh consecutive game for Spurs and you'd think he's been at White Hart Lane for seven consecutive years. The 19-year-old scored a goal and was as composed as ever through the middle.
The midfielder wasn't exactly terrible after being introduced late on but there are fine margins in the Premier League and the Spurs man disrupted his side's rhythm when he came on.
Indeed, Mason was at fault for Aston Villa's goal and the sloppy moment cost Tottenham their momentum as Villa piled pressure on them before the hosts added a third.
It didn't prove disastrous but, when Alli and Eric Dier are doing so well in midfield, Mason won't earn himself a starting spot by making such mistakes.