Tottenham supporters have been significantly more upbeat in recent times after seeing their team get back to winning ways on Saturday after a very testing week.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their trip to Brighton having lost each of their previous three matches in all competitions, with defeats to Liverpool and Watford in the Premier League followed by a 2-1 loss to Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Yet the North Londoners got that winning feeling back on Saturday as goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela inspired Spurs to a 2-1 win at the AMEX Stadium, a result which moved them up to fifth place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many delighted Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been raving about the exploits of messrs Kane and Lamela on Saturday given they came up with the goods to get past Chris Hughton’s Seagulls.
There has been much talk in recent times about the fitness of England international Kane, but the 25-year-old looked closer to his best form for Pochettino’s side on Saturday, while Lamela came off the bench to great effect in bagging the all-important second goal 14 minutes from time.
And while those two certainly deserve some credit for their efforts on Saturday, Mousa Dembele’s display in the middle of the park suggests that he was Tottenham’s unsung hero on the South Coast.
The 30-year-old was one of many Spurs players linked with a move away from the club during the summer, only for the English and indeed European deadline to pass with the Belgium international still a Tottenham player – and after Saturday’s display, Spurs fans will be thrilled that he is.
The midfielder was excellent in dominating the middle of the park for Pochettino’s side with 79 touches over the course of the 90 minutes, but what was most impressive was that Dembele finished the clash with a 97% pass success rate, misplacing just two of the 70 passes he attempted during the match.
And with numbers like that, the 30-year-old was always going to be in control of things in the midfield area in an attacking sense, yet he also proved his worth defensively as well in making all three tackles he attempted, as well as making two clearances and one interception – it was an excellent all round performance from the midfielder.
For years, many have deemed Dembele as one the most underrated midfielders in the Premier League such is his ability to do everything required of a central midfielder, and while he hasn’t necessarily started this season brilliantly, Saturday’s display was certainly a nod in that direction.
And at a time whereby Pochettino and Tottenham really needed the players to up their game, £55,000-a-week Dembele (as per Spotrac) did exactly that in producing a performance that suggested he was the unsung hero in victory at the weekend.
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