It’s very rare for a current Premier League player to go on the radio and talk about a division rival but that’s exactly what Stoke City’s Charlie Adam has done.
Despite being impressed with Tottenham Hotspur this season, who tore the Potters apart in a 4-0 win earlier this campaign, Adam told BBC Radio 5 Live that he doesn’t think Spurs will win the title and also wants to see Mousa Dembele scoring more goals.
“They battered us 4-0 earlier in the season, and they were very very good, but the Premier League is the Premier League. It’s a tough league, and it can take it’s toll – not every game is as easy as you think. Obviously they’re in this run where they’ve drawn four, but they’ll be up there at the end of the season, chasing the Champions League, I just think they will fall short of trying to win the league.”
“I think Dembele has got to score more goals. For his ability and what he can bring to the team, he must add goals to his game. If he does that, he’ll be a hell of a player. He’s one of the toughest players I’ve played against, and I think he is a very good player, but if he can add goals, he’ll be on another level. He’s got power, he’s got pace, he can drive, he can dribble with it, he just needs to add the goals. If he can do that, then I would say he is the complete midfielder,”
Dembele put in a Man of the Match performance against Arsenal at the weekend, helping Spurs to secure a 1-1 draw and maintain their unbeaten start to the season, but Spurs have now drawn four Premier League matches in a row and have won just one of their last eight matches across all competitions.
Now 29, Dembele is in the prime years of his career but does need to improve his goal haul, having just six in 116 Premier League appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.