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5th Jan, 2017 | 1:19pm

Martin Keown claims this Tottenham force is so difficult to stop

By Dominic Toner

Martin Keown believes that Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is incredibly difficult to play against.

The 29-year-old played 74 minutes against Chelsea on Wednesday night, before being replaced by emerging youngster Harry Winks.

Spurs defeated their London rivals 2-0 in the Premier League and moved up to third in the table, but will be keen to close the seven-point gap to leaders Chelsea.

Dele Alli scored two headed goals for the hosts and he has now netted seven times in his last four league matches.

Ex-Arsenal defender Keown highlighted the qualities of midfield pairing Victor Wanyama and Dembele, claiming the latter seems to walk past opponents when he plays.

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“Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele were quite masterful in front of the back three, both at anchoring the midfield and bringing the ball forward at will themselves,” Keown told the Mail. “Dembele, in particular, seems to walk past opponents with ease and is so difficult to rob of possession.”

Dembele has become a crucial player at White Hart Lane since his arrival in 2012 from Fulham.

The Belgium international has become a regular starter under manager Mauricio Pochettino and is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.

He is extremely strong in possession and offers his team both attacking and defensive qualities.

Dembele and his midfielder partner Wanyama against Chelsea as they won their battle against N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic.

The Belgian has now racked up 174 appearances for the north London club and is one of the most crucial players in the title bid.

In other Tottenham news, Garth Crooks has named the club’s duo in his team of the week.