Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele extended his rich vein of form as he put in a dominating display as his side defeated London rivals West Ham United 4-1 on Sunday.
Capable of playing as holding midfielder or joining in with the attack, Dembele’s versatility allows him to really fit the description of ‘box-to-box’ and against West Ham he was seemingly everywhere.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the 28-year-old contributed in a number of key areas as the Hammers struggled to deal with his pace, strength and directness through the middle.
Dembele made three tackles, three interceptions, 11 defensive duel winners and a whopping 14 ball recoveries – more than any other outfield player on the pitch.
Defensively he was superb, but what made his such a threat to the Hammers was his ability to run from deep and creative chances, illustrated by his five successful take-ons and four key passes.
In possession, Dembele was reliable and open to receive passes throughout as his confidence soared in what was arguably Spurs’ best and most complete performance of the season.
Harry Kane scored twice, while defenders Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker also found the net.
As for Dembele, his utterly dominating display can be summed up in the photo above as his powerful running left two West Ham opponents in his wake and grappling at thin air.