As the January transfer window slowly approaches, so does the one-year anniversary of Mousa Dembele leaving Tottenham Hotspur.

The Belgian midfield powerhouse decided to move on to China in the 2019 January transfer window, despite the fact that Spurs had not brought in anyone to replace him.

With Harry Winks stepping up, Moussa Sissoko turning around his Spurs career, and the purchase of record-signing Tanguy Ndombele, the hole has certainly been plugged for now.

However, there are many fans who will still miss Dembele, as he brought a very unique style of play to that Tottenham midfield.

The Belgian somehow boasted near-unlimited strength and drive, while possessing twinkle-toe feet that could seemingly dribble him out of any corner.

Leeds United star, Adam Forshaw, has now named Dembele as the toughest opponent he came up against, while adding that he is not sure why the Belgian left the Premier League as he could still get into any side.

He said (Talking Shut Podcast): “I’ve always said Mousa Dembele. When we [Middlesbrough] played Tottenham in the Premier League, he made me look like a kid. He used to just walk with me on his arm.

“As a central midfielder, if you’ve got everything and then have the ability to take somebody on as well, to be a top dribbler and to have everything – he was a top player. Don’t really know why he left the Premier League, he could get in any side.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I can’t help but agree. Dembele was one of my favourite ever Spurs midfielders, up there with Luka Modric, and an incredibly underrated part of that team. What I would have given for him to be a little younger when Poch came along and not as restricted through his many injuries.

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