By Will Butcher
Mauricio Pochettino has described Tottenham star Mousa Dembele as a “genius” after starring in Spurs’ draw against Arsenal on Sunday.
The 29-year-old midfielder was in excellent form in Tottenham’s midfield during the 1-1 draw, with his surging run through Arsenal’s defence resulting in a penalty which was dispatched by Harry Kane.
Quoted by the Guardian after Tottenham’s 1-1 draw, Pochettino gave a short but effective response when asked about Dembele’s performance against Arsenal “Dembele is a genius”, the manager said.
Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy agrees with Pochettino, describing him as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
The 65-time Belgium international was superb last season under Pochettino, but has had a stop-start campaign after finally making his first appearance of the season against Monaco midway through September.
Dembele earned a move to White Hart Lane in 2012 after an impressive spell with London rivals Fulham.
The Belgian international has made 166 appearances for Spurs since his arrival, scoring nine goals and supplying 10 assists.
He played a key role in the heart of the club’s midfield last season as they enjoyed their best ever finish in the Premier League in third.
Currently with Belgium’s national squad, Dembele has played in eight of Tottenham’s 17 league and cup encounters this season as Spurs look to rival the Premier League’s heavyweights for the 2016-17 title.
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