“He was one of the greatest players that I met in my career” – Pochettino praises player

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Dom Le Roy

Mousa Dembele completed a move to Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F this week in a deal reported to be worth around £11 million (Guardian).

The midfielder spent 6 and a half years at Tottenham after joining from Fulham back in 2012.

Pochettino who has managed Dembele for the last four and half years, was extremely complimentary of the 31-year-old midfielder. Dembele has been a crucial part of Pochettino’s revolution at Tottenham as Spurs have gone from Champions League aspirants to title challengers.

 

However, there were doubts if the Belgian’s body was capable of coping with the rigors of English football in recent months, and with his contract running out at the end of the season, the transfer suits all parties involved.

Speaking about Dembele during the pre-match press conference before Tottenham’s game against Fulham, Pochettino told Football.London:”I think he is a player and a person that we are going to miss. You know very well my feeling about him, he was one of the greatest players that I met in my career.”

The Argentine also said he was pleased that the powerful midfielder had got the move to China that he wanted. Pochettino, added, “Of course I wish him all the best, his wish was to move to China, his dream became a reality now. It was a pleasure to share with him an unbelievable time here in Tottenham.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t think we’ll ever see his like again.
    At his best, he commanded midfield, and possession of the ball. Like Horatius at the bridge he
    repelled all opponents around him. And this skill, in protecting and turning with the ball, freed his
    team mates to occupy devastating attacking positions, as the opposition concentrated on him (Dembele).
    At his worst, however, he held up play too long in the middle of the park to the detriment of
    his team mates and quick counter attacks. His vision in passing was also never the best, in terms of that cutting edge pass; particularly long range passing. And, in the last 18 months, he often floundered in the middle of the park, slow-turning like some wounded cumbersome wildebeest trying to beat off a pack of predators.
    But despite that, Dembele at his best was unique as a player, and a great contributor to this club’s success in the past 4 wonderful seasons. Oh, that we had someone similar who could do what he did 2 to 3 years ago!

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