By Matt Farr
Jermaine Jenas has hailed the performances of Tottenham midfield ace Mousa Dembele this season.
The 29-year-old has been a regular figure in the first team squad at White Hart Lane this term, making 32 appearances in all competitions.
He has formed a formidable central midfield partnership with summer addition Victor Wanyama, and their efforts have helped Tottenham record the best defensive record in the Premier League with 22 goals conceded.
However, ex-Spurs midfielder Jenas does not believe Dembele receives as much praise has he deserves, hailing the Belgian international’s ability to glide past players with ease.
Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s FA Cup semi final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, Jenas said live on BBC One:
“Harry Kane gets a lot of the plaudits, Dele Alli gets a lot of the plaudits, but if you spoke to the players about who they think is their most important player, a lot of them would say Mousa Dembele.
“He goes by people with ease, draws in so many bodies. He has got this ability to glide past people like they are not even there.
“He is so strong with the ball that nobody can get it off him. He seems toward the back end of the season to be even sharper, even quicker.”
Deployed in his familiar role alongside Victor Wanyama, the Tottenham duo won the battle against Chelsea counterparts N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, who have been equally as impressive this term.
Dembele played an important role as Tottenham’s midfield enjoyed the majority of possession, but it counted little to the final result as Chelsea ran out 4-2 winners at Wembley on Saturday.
In other Tottenham news, here are three of the major talking points from Saturday’s semi final defeat.