The idea of Mousa Dembele being one of the most underrated players in Europe is now so common that it’s safe to argue the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is actually rated pretty accurately these days. But even amid the recent era of widespread Dembele appreciation, it still sometimes feels as if not everybody realises what a formidable player the Belgium international truly is.
Simply put, there are few midfielders in world football who offer an equal level of control over the engine room; whether Dembele’s using his power to move the ball on efficiently or win it back off the opposition, he always dominates that deep pocket of the midfield – giving Spurs an invaluable platform to build from.
That was evident on Tuesday night as Dembele played a decisive role in Tottenham’s two-goal comeback against Juventus in Turin. Even though he wasn’t directly involved in either goal during the Champions League clash, the 30-year-old was an intrinsic influence, allowing his side to dominate the flow and tempo of the match after an erroneous start.
Accordingly, we asked Tottenham fans earlier this week whether Dembele – who Transfermarkt value at £16.2million – qualifies as a world-class asset and according to our poll, an incredible 98% of Spurs supporters would put the midfielder in that bracket.
Are there any central midfielders in world football you’d swap for Dembele, Tottenham fans? Let us know by commenting below…