Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Kevin De Bruyne quoted Tottenham hero who left for China as “best in the world”

Kevin De Bruyne quoted Tottenham hero who left for China as “best in the world”

Tottenham Hotspur has produced a number of talented players in recent years, including Golden Boot winners, World Cup champions, and European champions.

But, as any of his teammates will tell you, Mousa Dembele was unquestionably one of the best to wear the famous white shirt.

Dembele was a rock in the middle of the Tottenham midfield under Mauricio Pochettino, appearing 249 times for the club. 

He didn’t win any trophies, and it’s easy to argue that his time at the club was underappreciated.

However, while pundits and fans may not have recognised his brilliance at the time, his teammates certainly did.

Indeed, Kevin de Bruyne stated that in a five-a-side format, Dembele would be the best player in the world.

The Manchester City megastar said: “For me, in a 5-a-side, he’s the best player in the world. So strong on the ball, you can never take it off him. Offensively and defensively [he’s] one of the best.”

Dembele was well-known for his strength on the ball as well as his ability to move the ball forward and create opportunities for attackers. And Dele Alli previously described his experience playing with the Belgian.

“He’s very good. His feet are unbelievable,” the former Spurs man said. “He’s so big as well but shifts his body so easily, I don’t know how he does it.”

One of Dembele’s foes, Wesley Snock, defined Dembele as having more talent than either De Bruyne or Eden Hazard. He said: “Some may say they want Eden or De Bruyne, but Mousa has the most qualities – it’s not normal how strong he is on the ball. I’ve seen him during training turn Kompany into a fool.”

Dembele’s time at Tottenham ended shortly after the club’s defeat to Liverpool in the 2019 Champions League final in Madrid. The midfielder eventually left the Premier League to join Chinese Super League club Guangzhou City.

Many believed Dembele was destined to join one of Europe’s biggest clubs, especially at a time when Alli and Harry Kane were both linked with moves away from north London.

And that was evidently a belief transferred by those at the club, as Les Ferdinand explained: “We used to say to him: ‘You’re the next person to go to Real Madrid, you’re the next guy to go to Real Madrid from this club.’”

Danny Rose, another former teammate of Dembele’s, explained how the Belgian was the most difficult player to play against, but waxed lyrical about his performance in training.

He said: “Mousa Dembele – he’s the most difficult to tackle. The Belgian and Dutch players play Futsal growing up, and he’s one of the best at it. He’s made half the Premier League look silly with his skills, and we have to suffer that every day in training! He’s a joy to watch.”

Kevin De Bruyne quoted Tottenham hero who left for China as “best in the world”

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