When a team performs so well as a collective, it’s always difficult to single out an individual for praise. But that’s the task we gave to Tottenham fans earlier today following a 1-0 win over Arsenal in the North London Derby, which could and probably should have ended up being decided by a far greater scoreline.
But it appears Spurs supporters have decided on a verdict for the Man of the Match award – and it didn’t go to goalscorer Harry Kane, who had to settle for second place.
Rather, Tottenham fans who took part in our poll gave midfielder Mousa Dembele the highest average rating for his performance vs Arsenal, an incredibly impressive 8.8 out of ten.
It’s hard to argue with that conclusion. After all, Saturday’s North London Derby was very much won and lost in midfield; while Dembele and Eric Dier controlled the middle of the park, Arsenal’s lightweight trio of Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny struggled to keep up – and when the latter was subbed off for a more attacking player, Dembele really came to the fore.