Sunday morning’s headlines focus on Harry Kane’s heroics after Tottenham Hotspur deservedly beat Arsenal 1-0 in the North London derby on Saturday, with the homegrown hero again the man of the hour.
The Spurs striker put in a stunning shift while leading the line for the hosts, with the difference in quality between the England international and the attackers at the other end of the pitch glaringly obvious.
Kane was awarded the man of the match award after the game, with the Tottenham striker’s decisive goal his seventh against Arsenal in as many games.
While the all-action centre forward again proved that he is one of the world’s best, to single him out for the MOTM award is a great disservice to one of his Spurs team-mates.
I have always been a fan of Mousa Dembele – his ability on the ball, work-rate, footballing intelligence and commitment have never been in doubt.
There has been ill-founded talk in the press over the last few months that the Tottenham midfielder could well be a fading force and that finding a long-term replacement could be a transfer priority in the near future.
Any hint of that should now be put to bed, as Dembele’s performance in the derby win was absolutely outstanding.
The Belgian barely put a foot wrong throughout the 90 minutes, dominating the midfield battles and dictating the play from deep for Tottenham.
The Arsenal midfield just could not get to grips with Dembele, whose performance even surpassed the incredible showing he put on for the Wembley faithful in the win over Manchester United at the end of last month.
The Tottenham star’s unique abilities make him an integral player for the side – there are few in the world game that boast the same levels of brains, brawn and ability.
Take a bow Mr Dembele – you deserved the MOTM award and achieved something few in the game can or ever will – you outshone Harry Kane in a North London Derby.