By London correspondent Tony Hughes
A rejuvenated Mousa Dembele has not just emerged as one of Tottenham’s best players – his statistics show he has become one of Europe’s top dribblers.
Dembele has been a key figure for the Premier League title-chasers this season, with his central midfield partnership with Eric Dier integral to the team’s domination of so many of their matches.
The Belgium international was widely regarded as one of the outstanding players on the pitch as Spurs overwhelmed Manchester United 3-0 on Sunday to keep their title hopes alive.
The 28-year-old midfielder is renowned for being incredibly adept at keeping possession under pressure, utilising his strength, ball control and quick feet to manoeuvre the ball to a team-mate.
Lionel Messi’s success in completing dribbles without losing the ball is 64 per cent, Neymar’s is 56 per cent and Cristiano Ronaldo’s is 56 per cent.
Dribble success rates this season:
Lionel Messi: 64.3%
Cristiano Ronaldo: 52.5%
Mousa Dembélé: 91.7% pic.twitter.com/4bvwFV36OF
— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) April 12, 2016
Spurs are seven points behind the Premier League leaders Leicester but cemented their position of second in the table with the win over United and pulled six points clear of Arsenal in third.
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