BBC pundit Garth Crooks singles out Tottenham's Mousa Dembele as sensational

Mousa Dembele

Garth Crooks had particular praise for Mousa Dembele's performance for Tottenham in their win over Manchester City.

Garth Crooks has picked out Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele as their top performer in the side's impressive win over Manchester City.

Tottenham won 2-1 at The Etihad, a drastic improvement on 6-0 and 4-1 defeats in their previous two trips to the stadium.

The away win puts Spurs four points ahead of City and two points behind league leaders Leicester.

Crooks selected Dembele in his BBC Team of the Week, the only Tottenham player included despite their impressive result.

He explained: "In the most open race for years, I really haven't got a clue who will emerge victorious. What I can tell you is that against Manchester City, Mousa Dembele made Yaya Toure and David Silva look ordinary.

"The Belgium international was sensational but, to be fair, I could have selected any one of the 11 Tottenham players on the field against City, such was the quality of their work ethic."

The compliment about Dembele putting Yaya Toure in the shade is real praise for the Tottenham ace, and it was well deserved despite the City man doing his best to get into danger areas for his side.

Spurs are now right in the thick of the title race, and 28-year-old Dembele is one of the team's most experienced players.

He will be vital in the title run in, and if he continues to play like he does at the weekend, then his example will be the standard his teammates must aspire to match.

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