The news that Moussa Dembele was starting last night’s match was widely welcomed by Spurs fans on social media and the midfielder’s performance seemed to justify that approval. Spurs have now won all four Premier League games where the Belgian has started and it seems that this Stat may more to it than mere co-incidence.

A brief MOTD package highlighted Moussa’s influence – particularly when Liverpool were pressing hard to get back into the game and his tackling and ability to break up opposition attacks could literally have made all the difference between winning and losing.

There are some lingering concerns over fitness – the hip problem has been an ongoing issue and Moussa himself conceded that it had reached a peak in terms of pain.

‘Normally I can rest for three or four days and it is okay but this time the pain was more intense and I needed a longer spell out,” Dembele said.

“I’ve worked with a personal physio in Belgium and it requires a lot of exercises. When I first got the problem again, I was worried that I would have to have an operation but the medical staff at Tottenham were very good.”

While the hip problem may be an occasional issue with Moussa at White Hart Lane, his importance to the side was clearly underlined last night. Football is a game of ‘if-onlys’ and irrespective of whether our losing run may have been different with Dembele, just how much difference did the Belgian make last night?



  1. Massive difference with him in the side and the stats ain’t wrong. He was the difference between winning and losing the game last night. Far more defensive than Modric, but still would prefer him in the side than the Croatian.

  2. You don’t need motd to know that Dembele is a quality player, and with the departures of vdv and modric, spurs need as many quality players in that first 11 as possible. Great to see him back but hopefully in January we can add to the creative side of the team with a playmaker, striker and winger.

  3. My first sponsor child lives in DR. I pray daily for his and his signilbs health. As North Americans we take for granted that our children are healthy and that we don’t have to walk miles and miles with our dying child in our arms, praying that we make it to a clinic in time. It sickens me that a baby wouldn’t get the blood transfusion he desperately needs because his family can’t pay. World Vision needs to step in and help these people. This poor country has been through enough hell.


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