Former West Ham United defender Tony Gale said on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Monday morning (broadcast time 10:41am, February 8) that Mousa Dembele is Tottenham Hotspur’s most important player.
“Everybody goes on about Harry Kane, everybody goes on about Dele Alli, but I think Spurs’ most important player, and I think he is a terrific player, is Mousa Dembele,” said Gale. “I think he is great in that midfield for Spurs.”
Gale was impressed with Dembele’s performance for Tottenham against Watford at White Hart Lane in the Premier League at the weekend.
“It's a game I always thought Tottenham would win but they played ever so well,” the former Fulham defender wrote on Skysports.com. “In particular, Mousa Dembele was excellent.
“He's one of my favourite players to watch in the Premier League because of the way he runs with the ball and keeps hold of it. He doesn't pass it between the lines but he's the one who carries the ball and dictates the play for Spurs.”
Dembele started the game against Watford in North London on Saturday and played for the entire 90 minutes, as Spurs won 1-0.
The Belgium international midfielder took two shots, had a pass accuracy of 87%, attempted five dribbles, and made one block.
The 28-year-old has established himself as one of the main players for Spurs and is enjoying a brilliant season.
In 20 Premier League appearances so far this campaign, Dembele has scored three goals and created 18 chances.
The Spurs midfielder has a pass accuracy of 89% and a shot accuracy of 67%, and has won 18 headers, 51 dribbles and 58 tackles.