The Dembele effect: Why Tottenham are missing Moussa | Stats Analysis

The Dembele effect: Why Tottenham are missing Moussa | Stats Analysis

A strong attacking start from Andre Villas-Boas' squad has disguised the defensive flaws in the 35-year-old's methods at Tottenham, where his patient and gradual style has led to a relaxed approach from the team, most notably at the cost of conceding late goals. Whilst it could be said that this is down to his 4-2-3-1 formation, the clear missing piece of the puzzle has been identified as the former Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele. The Belgium international moved to Tottenham in the summer window …
The Dynamic Duo Driving Spurs Success | Stats Comparison

The Dynamic Duo Driving Spurs Success | Stats Comparison

Totalling just two points from the opening three games of the season (with both points earned in disappointing home draws), the press seemed all too willing to put Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villa Boas under increasing scrutiny. Fleet Street favourite Harry Redknapp had been given the boot and replaced by AVB, and the press couldn’t wait for the Portuguese to fail. After the international break Spurs came back (much as they did last season) to go on a winning run, …
Reading 1 Spurs 3 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Reading 1 Spurs 3 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Spurs secured their first league win of the season under Andre Villas-Boas (AVB) with as comprehensive a 3-1 victory as you are likely to witness in the Premiership this season. The final score line arguably flattered a Reading side who failed to show any sense of urgency during a flat first half and allowed Spurs to take charge of proceedings. With just one away win in their last 11 league games and rumours circulating around AVB being handed a set …
Moussa Dembele - More than a Modric Replacement? | Stats Analysis

Moussa Dembele - More than a Modric Replacement? | Stats Analysis

With the long awaited transfer of Luka Modric to Real Madrid finally completed last weekend, all eyes turned to who his replacement would be at Spurs. Having witnessed the first two games of the new season it is evident that we were missing the ability of Modric to keep the ball and create from deep. When we were after controlled possession having taken the lead against West Brom, we were crying out for the little magician who was en-route to …
Cottager's Heartbeat | Dembélé and Diarra | Stats Analysis

Cottager's Heartbeat | Dembélé and Diarra | Stats Analysis

In the 2011-12 season there were only six midfielders who passed the ball better than Fulham's Moussa Dembélé. Using the new Top Stats engine we're able to quickly trim away the fat and look at those players who played at least 1400' in the Premier League a season ago. Of those, Dembélé was the 12th best player in the Premier League when it came to pass accuracy, attempting 1681 passes in 2940' and completing 88.64% of those attempts. Only Leon Britton …
Fulham 5-0 Wolves - A Look at the Midfields

Fulham 5-0 Wolves - A Look at the Midfields

On Sunday, Wolves were comprehensively outplayed by a superb Fulham side, who probably gave the best performance I’ve seen live this season, and possibly the best performance I’ve seen since Wolves were promoted. Their central midfield of Danny Murphy, Moussa Dembélé and Clint Dempsey ran the game, with the lively Damien Duff and Andy Johnson ably supporting the hat trick hero, Pavel Pogrebnyak. I will have a look at just how dominant their midfield was: [table id=46 /] [table id=47 …
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