Mousa Dembélé has today acknowledged the impact his decision to shave his scrotum has had in the last few months, a period that has seen him become a central figure in Tottenham Hotspur’s surprise challenge for the Premier League title.
The 28-year-old had appeared to be a likely candidate for the White Hart Lane exit door, having put in a number of sub-standard performances since his arrival from Fulham in 2012. However, the Belgian has instead become the latest player to benefit from head coach Mauricio Pochettino’s ability to get the best out of those players ready to give their all to the Tottenham cause.
Dembélé told reporters outside the club’s Hotspur Way training ground: ‘Really, there is no secret. I went home after my poor display against Anderlecht in the Europa League, and took a good, long look at myself. That’s when I noticed my pubic hairs were reaching down below my knee caps.
‘I thought: my God, I must be carrying at least half a stone in weight with all that extra hair, and decided there and then to shave it all off. Now, I am like a child again, and have regained that extra yard that I lost a couple of years ago. Also, my girlfriend isn’t choking any more, which is a bonus’.
Despite being forced off before half time in Tottenham’s recent away win at Watford, Dembélé should be fit for the trip to Everton, where another three points will see Spurs continue to put pressure on the top teams.