Skilful, powerful midfielder Mousa Dembele joined us from Fulham in August, 2012, and has been a highly-influential member of the team in recent seasons.
A Belgian international with over 65 senior caps to his name, he excelled as we finished second in the Premier League in 2016-17, making 39 appearances in all competitions and scoring in a 4-0 home win over Bournemouth in April, 2017. This was in spite of a couple of niggling injury problems over the course of the campaign.
Born in Wilrijk, Mousa kicked-off his career at Beerschot in Belgium, where he made his debut in April, 2004. He made 23 appearances before switching to Holland and Willem II in 2005-06 and, after 39 matches, he joined AZ Alkmaar in August, 2006.
Mousa enjoyed four seasons at AZ which included winning the Dutch title in 2009 before joining Fulham in August, 2010. He made 74 appearances for the Cottagers, scoring seven times, before his switch to the Lane.
He made an instant impact in his first season at Spurs in 2012-13 with a goal on his debut against Norwich City and went on to make 42 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice.
He made 41 appearances for us in all competitions in 2013-14, including 22 starts in the Premier League, scoring twice.
He also helped Belgium qualify on top of their group for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and was part of the squad that made it through to the quarter-finals in Brazil.
Mousa played 40 times for us in all competitions in 2014-15, starting 10 matches in the Premier League and scoring once against Liverpool at Anfield in February, 2015.
He emerged as a crucial member of the side that finished third in 2015-16 and made 35 appearances in all competitions during that campaign. He also enjoyed a run of scoring in three consecutive games between October and November that season - a trio of goals that ended with a real stunner against Anderlecht in the Europa League - and ended the term with four goals under his belt.
In the summer of 2016, he represented Belgium at Euro 2016, but an injury sustained in the group stage clash with the Republic of Ireland limited his game time in France.
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