Premier League

Mousa Dembélé Will Be Villa-Boas’ Ace In The Hole

After Real Madrid had a £30 million bid accepted for Luka Modric, eyes were on Tottenham’s Daniel Levy to find a replacement for the playmaker, resulting in former Fulham player Mousa Dembele joining Spurs for £15 million.

Even though the first choice target of Joao Moutinho failed to result in the Porto player joining the side, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will once again show off his transfer successes by replacing the Croatian and making a £15 million profit.

Looking at the statistics, the Belgian is a more defensive player than Modric but as shown by his goal against Norwich, he is still attacking and has the ability to score the goals.

Dembele has a total success tackling rate of 76%, 5% better than Luka Modric. Not only this, but his he wins 56% of aerial challenges as well as 59% of ground 50-50’s. This contrasts to Modric’s 35% and 49% respectively showing Dembele’s strength in defence.

But, the main attribute of the Croatian which will be difficult to replace is his short and intricate passes which has helped Modric gain the reputation of Tottenham playmaker. Modric made 2534 passes last season, with 2215 of them being successful giving him a successful percentage of 87%.

Dembele on the other hand only managed to pass the ball 1681 times with 1490 of them being successful. Even though he passed the ball a lower amount of times, he managed to obtain a successful percentage of 89%.

But after two games at Fulham playing a total 180 minutes, he is the only player in the Premier League to have played 2 full games and manage a successful pass percentage of over 95%, tallying up an impressive 96.03% regarding successful passes for 126 passes.

His lack of assists however is his main downfall. Last season Dembele only managed to successfully cross the ball 3 times, in contrast to Modric’s 46. But, as a holding midfielder it would be unlikely to see Dembele cross the ball from wide spaces on the pitch, and with a taller target man of Adebayor starting in attack in contrast to previous Fulham forward Bobby Zamora, Dembele could increase this total. But, with Bale and Lennon being the main wing-men, it would be a heavy responsibility for Dembele to worry about it.

As shown in his first appearance for Tottenham, Dembele is incredibly dominant over Modric regarding his dribbling skills. Last season Dembele successfully completed 79 dribbles, in contrast to Modric’s 61. And even though Modric managed to shoot 47 times last season, only 23 of those shots were on target.

In contrast, Mousa had a total number of 37 shots last season, yet managed to place 22 of them on target. Therefore Dembele’s 59% successful shooting rate is a jump up from Modric’s 49%.

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