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The pundit: Matt Holland on Burnley and Dembele 'has everything'

Posted on 3 April 2017  - 11:45

Continuing our feature asking pundits for their opinions on our matches - Matt Holland was on duty for TalkSport for our 2-0 win against Burnley on Saturday and was particularly impressed with Mousa Dembele at Turf Moor...

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Matt Holland

- Played over 600 matches for West Ham, Bournemouth, Ipswich and Charlton
- Capped 49 times by the Republic of Ireland, played at 2002 World Cup
- Pundit with his own show 'The Players' Lounge' on talkSport

Below: Matt in action for Ipswich against Spurs and Darren Anderton, 2001

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Patience key

Matt: "I thought it was an excellent performance in the end. It was tough going in the first half but this is a tough place to come, only three teams had won here all season. I was here when they beat Liverpool and Chelsea only got a point here, so you know what to expect. The word I used at the top of the game was 'patience', you need to be patient in these games and Tottenham were just that. They also showed strength in adversity, losing two central midfielders was tough but as the game opened up you could see the influence of the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, Spurs started to create more and it was a professional win. It would have been tough for the players to see someone like Harry Winks go off like that and losing a player like that can work in different ways, it certainly looked like it inspired Tottenham. The change of formation made a difference as well with Eric Dier moving into central midfield, both he and Dembele were great."

Below: Mousa Dembele holds off Joey Barton at Turf Moor

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Dembele 'has everything'

Matt: "Mousa Dembele's ability on the ball, his strength, he's always available. I'm watching and I'm always thinking there's even more in there. He's got absolutely everything. I would say that I think he should score more goals, that's one thing that stands out, but he's got everything. He's so difficult to dispossess, his passing, his vision, he's got everything you want from a central midfielder. He attracts opposing players and that allows other players to be free, so two or three players are around him and all of a sudden spaces open up and that's what happened at Burnley, suddenly Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen were starting to find space. Burnley were pushing to get back into the game and in the end, it could have been more."