Luka Modric departed for Real Madrid last summer. The Croatian was one of Tottenham’s best players in the previous three seasons. A young, powerful, speedy, tricky Belgian arrived to steer the ship.
Without Mousa Dembele throughout the season, The Spurs have totally lacked creativity, and constantly find their star men marked out of the game. He stimulates team, picking up the ball and distributing it. His methods of doing this can be launching passes of any range, or driving through the heart of teams with his strong frame and quick feet.
Also, don’t underestimate his ability to win the ball and use his strength when defending.
He is one of the Premier League’s most cultured players, and formed a strong reliable partnership with midfield wrecking machine Sandro, who Tottenham have lost to injury for the remainder of the season.
Dembele is slightly injury-prone, however, a trait Spurs fans hopes he can shake off to avoid intermittent absences.
Look at the Manchester United game at Old Trafford, which Tottenham won 3-2. Dembele ran riot, bossing the first half and left United’s center midfield in tatters. Of course, United have tightened up since then, but he and Sandro lead the Lilywhites to an historic victory.
He has been a little overshadowed by Gareth Bale’s scintillating form this season, but his influence hasn’t gone unnoticed. Dembele comes from a generation of talented Belgian players, and is a first-team regular for his country. Ex-Spurs boss Martin Jol has said ‘he is probably the best player on the ball he has ever seen’.
While this may sound like hyperbole, you can understand the Dutchman’s emotions on this one. Dembele never loses the ball, and I’ll never tire of watching him play.