Joey Barton explains Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele snub

Joey Barton explained why Mousa Dembele did not deserve to be singled out for praise after Tottenham Hotspur's win over Aston Villa.

Mousa Dembele was back in Tottenham Hotspur's starting XI at the weekend, and helped them to a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton was a guest analyst on BBC's Match of the Day 2 on Saturday evening, and picked out Harry Kane for particular praise after his two goals in the win.

Barton found himself taken to task by a Tottenham fan on Twitter, asking why he did not go into detail about Dembele, presenting the part-time pundit with statistics from HITC and FourFourTwo highlighting different areas of the Belgian's performance.


Barton responded to explain the reason why he did not pick out Dembele, using the statistics in his response, explaining that the midfielder did not offer enough from an attacking perspective, playing too many safe passes.

Here is another look at Dembele's contribution in the win over Aston Villa.

  PositionTeamTouchesTotal PassAccurate PassMins PlayedTotal TackleWon TackleFwd Pass
Mousa Dembélé MF Tottenham 91 71 66 90 2 2 18

Dembele may have played just 18 forward passes of 71, but he was an integral part of Tottenham's performance. He touched the ball more times than any other player on the pitch, and matched Eric Dier and Dele Alli by each winning two tackles.

If Tottenham are to win the Premier League they are going to need Dembele to continue his making his influence felt on games, and sorely missed him against Dortmund last week.

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