He is a 'genius' and we must keep him fit - Pochettino names shock Tottenham player he can't do without
By Richard Parks
Maurico Pochettino has identified Mousa Dembele as a shock Tottenham player that he cannot do without.
Harry Kane and Dele Alli are widely regarded as the Spurs superstars who are integral to the team’s chances of successes.
But manager Pochettino has claimed that the less-heralded Dembele is every bit as important as striker Kane and playmaker Alli.
The central midfielder, 30, was sorely missed when he was left on the substitute’s bench for Tottenham’s goalless draw against Swansea at Wembley last weekend.
Pochettino explained that Dembele’s absence for that match was part of the continual process of managing the game time of a player who has been playing top-level football since his teens and has accumulated nearly 500 senior club matches as well as 70 Belgium internationals.
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“He is such an important player for us,” said the Argentine, as quoted by the Independent. “I think it is so important to manage properly, it is the key, to keep him fit and try to provide all the quality that he has to the team.
“We have a very good communication with doctor, physio, sports science, coaching staff to try to help him. To help him is to help the team.
“He is a player who I have told you many, many times that, for me, he is one of the geniuses that I have met in football.”
Spurs fans might wonder why Dembele was omitted against Swansea and then played 79 minutes on Tuesday night as part of a weakened team in the 1-0 League Cup win against Championship outfit Barnsley.
The Belgian will come into contention to start on Saturday against rivals West Ham at the London Stadium.
In other Tottenham team news, a Sky pundit has claimed that Spurs’ players didn’t want to pass to one teammate during their draw against Swansea.