By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mousa Dembele could be worth £40million if he added more goals to his game, according to Jamie Redknapp.
The Spurs midfielder was hailed by pundit Redknapp as the best player on the pitch in the wake of his midfield masterclass against Liverpool on Saturday.
Dembele’s authoritative display in Spurs’ 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield was the latest in a series of fine performances by the Belgian, who has taken his game to a new level under Mauricio Pochettino this season.
“Tottenham fans were disappointed to draw at Liverpool but that shows you how far they’ve come this season,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column. “It was a decent result and Mousa Dembele ran the game.
“His pass completion – 88.4 per cent – was the best on the pitch and he was a beast on the ball. He is strong, quick, he can pass and he can tackle. If he could add 10 goals a season to his game we would be talking about a £40million player, no question. He’s that good.”
Dembele has been an integral player in Spurs’ against-the-odds title challenge, starting 23 of their 32 matches and scoring three goals. In all competitions, he has struck four times in 31 appearances.
Meanwhile, Redknapp’s fellow pundit Carragher says it is time to hail Dembele as a central midfielder on a par with some of the finest of the Premier League era.
“If you think about dominant left-footed midfielders, the one he reminds you of is Emmanuel Petit,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ Saturday Night Football programme after the match. “Dembele is not like Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard, who create and score goals.
“But there are similarities with Petit, Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira in the way he breaks up the play and drives his team forward. You just can’t get him off the ball, he’s that strong.”
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