By Emma Sanders
Kyle Walker has revealed he “hates” playing against Mousa Dembele in training because he can’t get the ball off him.
The Tottenham full-back was full of praise for his teammate but admitted it was “frustrating” during training because Dembele is just too good at keeping possession.
Dembele is considered by many to be one of Tottenham’s key players but his London career has been littered by a number of injury set-backs.
When on form, he is a formidable addition in midfield and Walker admitted he struggles to compete with Dembele when they are training ahead of competitive matches.
“In training, I hate him [Dembele] because it’s so frustrating , I can’t get the ball off him! When he’s playing for you on Saturday, he’s fantastic, a joy to watch,” Walker told the club’s official website.
“The ball is like glue, it doesn’t move from his feet. I always view him as left footed and I always think he’s going to go left but he pushes it that far, you can’t get it.”
Dembele produced an excellent display alongside Victor Wanyama in midfield for Tottenham during their 4-0 victory against West Brom on Saturday.
It was just his 13th Premier League appearance of the season after he was forced to sit out for most of the start of the season due to a re-occurring foot injury.
Since joining Spurs in 2012, Dembele has gone on to make 126 league appearances for the club, scoring six goals in the Premier League during a successful period at White Hart Lane.
He will be expected to retain his place in the starting XI for Tottenham’s next Premier League clash against Manchester City on Saturday.
Spurs will be without key centre-back Jan Vertonghen who has been ruled out for at least two months with a serious ankle ligament injury.
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