West Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere has responded to a fan on Instagram when asked who was the toughest player he has faced in the Premier League – and Tottenham Hotspur supporters have reacted on Twitter to his answer of Mousa Dembele.
Dembele, who turns 33 in the summer, was sold by Mauricio Pochettino in January 2019. The 82-time Belgium international joined Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F for a fee believed to be in the region of £11million [The Guardian].
The former Fulham star continues to be named as one of the best that previous teammates or other players have played against. Tottenham have failed to replace the experienced midfielder’s impact since he left the club, with Tanguy Ndombele struggling.
Responding to a supporter on Instagram, former Arsenal ace Wilshere picked Dembele as the toughest opponent he faced in the Premier League. The England international stated he “hated” playing against the former Spurs man.
“I always hated playing against Dembele from Tottenham. Obviously it was a derby and he was always up for the game and made it difficult. He was strong, you couldn’t get the ball off him and his dribbling was unreal,” Wilshere said.
Dembele left the club just one appearance short of completing 250 outings at senior level for Spurs, in which he scored just 10 goals. Indeed, he was much more known for his combative nature in front of the back four and starting attacks.
Tottenham supporters have reacted on Twitter to Wilshere’s comments, with many reminiscing about their former midfielder and stating that their club’s decline began following his exit.
Dembele was the reason of the decline of the team. Ever since he left, Spurs have never been the same. If Dembele had stayed till end of last season, the Champions League finals may have had a different outcome. #COYS #THFC
— Coys888 (@C0YS888) April 19, 2020
And he was sold for financial reasons? Shameful!
— Bandistuta. (@BandiMchunu) April 19, 2020
What a player
— jem carter (@jemmyboy1) April 19, 2020
Heartbroken when he left
— NT. (@THFC88_) April 19, 2020
Get him back as a couch for one to one training with N’Dombele.
— FCUpdate (@JiKdrop) April 19, 2020
Remember Hugo used to pass him the ball and he’d go past the striker with ease and play it forward – you don’t realise what an asset that is until it’s gone.
— DeanQUARTERPOUNDER🍔 (@SaltBeefYid) April 19, 2020