By Amir Mir
Former Chelsea winger Damien Duff has raved about Tottenham ace Mousa Dembele and stated he is probably “the best” he has ever seen.
The 38-year-old was selecting the best XI players he has played with during his career, which saw him lift two Premier League titles.
Despite naming Frank Lampard in his starting XI, Duff thinks that his midfield partner, Dembele is the best he has ever seen.
The duo made Duff’s side, alongside Robbie Keane and Roy Keane, players he played with at the international level for the Republic of Ireland.
Duff was particularly in awe of Dembele’s ability to get past players as he stated he doesn’t “drop his shoulder like you see out of Messi” but he still somehow manages to beat his man.
Speaking to the Fantasy Football Club, which aired on Sky Sports 1 on Friday evening, Duff explained why Dembele makes his team.
“So strong, so quick, possibly the best I’ve ever seen at standing someone up and just beating them,” Duff told Sky Sports.
“It’s not even the drop of the shoulder like you see out of Messi, it’s a little shuffle of the hips, I don’t even know what he does, you think you’ll nick the ball off him then he will just get his leg across or his arm. Amazing technique on the ball. Great player.”
The duo played alongside each other during their time at Fulham, who are currently sitting in the Championship having finished in the play-off places.
Nonetheless, Dembele is hugely underrated but has received big admiration from his teammates in recent months, who have stated he is arguably the best player they play with.
His strength and sheer ability to drive through the midfield makes him a very difficult customer for the opposition.
The Belgium international has been a regular feature since Mauricio Pochettinio arrived at White Hart Lane in 2014.
This season, he has played 27 Premier League matches, scoring one goal, supplying two assists and helping his team boast the best defensive record in the league.