By Wayne Veysey

17th Feb, 2018 | 7:05am

'Joy to watch' - Crouch drools over Tottenham player he wished was his teammate (not Kane)

By Richard Parks
Peter Crouch revealed that he was blown away by Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele following his midweek masterclass against Juventus.
The Belgian central midfielder delivered one of the performances of the season as Spurs came from two goals down in Turin to secure a memorable 2-2 draw at the home of last season’s Champions League finalists.
Stoke City striker Crouch left Tottenham before Dembele joined in the summer of 2012 for £15million from Fulham in a deal that has subsequently proved to be a bargain.
“I never got the chance to play with Dembele at Tottenham but I wish I had,” admitted Crouch in his column for the Daily Mail.
“He was masterful against Juventus, the way he glides past people reminds me of Luka Modric. He is a joy to watch just now, controlling the biggest games.”
Football Insider verdict:
Crouch is not the only striker who would have watched Dembele’s super show in Turin and privately sighed, ‘If only I could play with him every week’. The Belgian has long been regarded by Tottenham fans as a supreme controller of the midfielder but his reputation reached a whole new level this week as a result of his domination of such a feted opposition at a time when Spurs faced Champions League elimination. Credit to Spurs’ coaching staff for controlling Dembele’s game time and allowing him to reach his peak at such a key part of the season.
In other Tottenham news, a sensational swap deal with fourth-placed club is on the cards in a shock development.
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