Following today’s North London derby, Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembélé as a “genius” following his incredible display.
The former Fulham man has proven to be worth every penny of his £15 million transfer fee Tottenham Hotspur paid in 2012.
One of the earliest memories of Dembélé will be the famous 90th minute equaliser he scored against Lyon in the Europa League to book Spurs a place in the last 16 of the competition back in 2013.
Well today, the Belgian international stole the show and the headlines again with a man of the match performance against Arsenal which included play leading to a Spurs penalty which was converted by the returning Harry Kane.
The number 19 proved he is one of Spurs’ best midfielders following today’s prolific performance and has most definitely secured his starting place in Pochettino’s starting 11.
It hasn’t just fell to the midfielder following a tough start to the season for Dembélé who was issued with a six game suspension by the FA for an eye gouge on Chelsea’s marmite forward, Diego Costa as well as an injury problem which led to him missing out on games against Gillingham in the EFL Cup, Middlesbrough, CSKA Moscow in the Champions League and Manchester City.
One thing Spurs fans can agree on is that mostly when Dembélé plays, Spurs play well.
Lilywhite, Krishnadas KP said: “Once again Mousa Dembélé shows who is the man who runs the show for Spurs.”
The midfielder brings presence of power and energy to the side which some players may not do in such a high proportion.
From watching the North London Derby, I have noticed how Dembélé can perform in different roles within the midfield.
The first role was performed in the first half as the Belgian was pressing and closing down Arsenal within their own half where as in the second 45, Dembélé was playing in a much deeper role which gave way to other midfielders such as Christian Eriksen being given the chance to play a much more free, creative role which lead to Spurs looking the stronger side towards the final section of the game.
Spurs fan, Adrian Wright commented on Dembélé’s performance saying: “Quality display from Mousa.”
Another fan, Jake Ellis referred to the Belgian as a: “World Class Monster.”
With an international break, Spurs’ next fixture is against fellow Londoners, West Ham on Saturday 19th November.