BBC pundit: Tottenham £80,000-a-week player had people tearing their hair out when he signed
BBC Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas has claimed that Mousa Dembele was a “frustrating player” when he first signed for Tottenham due to his lack of end product.
Dembele, 30, signed for Spurs from Fulham in 2012 and in the past couple of seasons he has crafted himself into one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most useful players for his dynamic play in the central midfield areas.
Jenas played alongside the Belgian international for a short period at Tottenham and he has now explained how the ex-Fulham ace had a lot of people tearing their hair out for not being able to add goals or assists to the team.
However Jenas believes that a player like Dembele does not need to do the things that make the statistics look pleasing and instead he adds a whole new dimension to the midfield.
“When we signed him, you could tell immediately in training that he had a gift and a talent but he seemed to be viewed as a frustrating player – someone who lacked an end product,” he said on the BBC Sport website.
“I think that was down to people not really understanding what his game was about.
“There was always a demand for more goals and assists from him, but he is so selfless they are not at the forefront of his mind.
“It is what he does for his team-mates, and how he does it, that makes him so special.”
Dembele has been inspirational for Tottenham this season.
The Belgian has made 28 appearances in all competitions and although he has not scored a single goal or supplied an assist, his tireless work int he midfield has proved key in big matches, especially last week when he was on form in the 2-2 draw at Juventus.
The Sun has recently reported that Dembele is a wanted man in the Chinese Super League with Beijing Sinobo Guoan prepared to double his existing £80,000-a-week deal at Tottenham in order to tempt him to the Far East.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs are eyeing up a summer move for this English centre-back from a mid-table club.