Tottenham Hotspur recovered from a disastrous start and finding themselves 2-0 down to salvage a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie against Juventus in Turin on Tuesday night, and Spurs fans loved Mousa Dembele’s display in the middle of the park.
The 30-year-old, rated at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, has sometimes struggled to appear consistently on the pitch because of injury, but he has now shone against Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and the Serie A leaders in the last few weeks.
The Belgium international dominated the midfield area, dictated the play and showed that he could bring the ball forward into space as well, and it didn’t go unnoticed by the north London outfit’s faithful.
Tottenham supporters were quick to take to social media to have their say on his performance, and while one said “he’s better than I’ve ever seen him”, another said “there is no finer midfielder in Europe than Dembele when he’s in this form”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Whatever we have to do in order so Mousa can be wheeled out onto the field weekly it has to be done, there is no finer midfielder in Europe than Dembele when he’s in this form. #COYS#THFCpic.twitter.com/2nzOGwCOJP
— Last Word On Spurs? (@LastWordOnSpurs) February 14, 2018
Just a word on Dembele after the game last night, my word, he was at his majestic best. Hard to take the ball off him, hard to push him off it, just a very unique force on his own when he’s in full flow for anyone, even the great Juventus to stop. Beautiful ?? #THFC
— Sai Teja (@FalseRaumdeuter) February 14, 2018
Earlier in the season I was thinking that Dembele was past his best. Now he's better than I've ever seen him. Coaching staff have to take a lot of credit for managing him to this level. He is in a supreme moment – long may it continue. #THFC #COYS
— Jeff (@JeffG15563) February 13, 2018
Running out of superlatives to even try and describe the form of Mousa Dembele at the moment.
His 5th consecutive start tonight and absolute head and shoulders above any other player on the pitch, a beast, magician and machine rolled into one.
— Ricky Sacks ? (@RickSpur) February 13, 2018
He is in the form of his life,against 4 of the bests sides around consecutively he has bossed it, guys an animal.
— ?⚽ (@billytheyido) February 13, 2018
He's just incredible and a joy to watch… I thought he couldn't play two games in a week but he's proving that wrong
— KieranJ (@kane1882) February 13, 2018
When he's on it, there's no one better for keeping possession, reminds me of Hoddle the way he glides past opposing players with the minimum of effort #COYS
— KEV (@FB2812) February 13, 2018