Toby Alderweireld lavishes praise on compatriot, says he is one of best in world

The Tottenham Hotspur defender believes Mousa Dembele has all the attributes that make up a world-class midfielder.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has told the club's official website that Mousa Dembele is one of the best midfielders in the world because of his wide-ranging skill set.

Dembele has been a vital cog in the Spurs engine this season as Mauricio Pochettino's side have pushed for the Premier League title, scoring four goals in 34 appearances in all competitions.

The 28-year-old has been a commanding physical presence in the midfield behind breakthrough star Dele Alli and is a key driving force of the side Pochettino has built this season.

  PositionTeamAppearancesTotal Tackle GAMEWon Tackle GAMEDuel Won GAMEInterception GAMETotal Pass GAMEAccurate Pass GAMEBall Recovery GAMEMins Played
Mousa Dembélé MF Tottenham 28 3.71 3 8.82 2 47.96 43.11 7.82 2,183

His ability to win the ball back and begin attacks from deep has been a crucial aspect of the North London side's game, and Alderweireld has hailed his fellow Belgian.

The defender told the club's official website that he truly believes Dembele should be recognised as one of the best midfielders in world football.

Alderweireld said: "He’s one of the best midfielders in the world and that’s it, really. I can’t say anything else.

"At some point people were asking ‘is his full quality coming out?’ but this season with the group, everyone gives him confidence. He’s injury free and that’s important for the way he plays. He takes a lot of knocks!

"People want to be physical with him and it can be difficult but he’s managed that so impressively. His strength on the ball is incredible, his technique is amazing - put that together and you have Mousa Dembele."

Despite his impressive season and Alderweireld's glowing reference, Dembele was not one of the four Tottenham players selected for the PFA Team of the Year, with Leicester City's N'Golo Kante and Spurs' Alli instead chosen in central midfield.

Spurs take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night knowing they must win to prevent Leicester sealing the Premier League title.

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