Nabil Bentaleb has emerged from Spurs’ under 21 set up to become one of the first names on Tim Sherwood’s team sheet and after another assured display against Swansea on Sunday, the 19 year old looks set for an extended run in the side.
Eyebrows were raised when Bentaleb was handed his first start against Arsenal in the cup but after near perfect displays against Crystal Palace and Stoke, few of us can have any argument about his inclusion from here onwards.
Head Coach Sherwood was the man to show faith in the midfielder and he believes that Nabil can go all the way and represent France at the 2014 World Cup.
“If he carries on the way he is at the moment, he’ll be knocking at the door for the French World Cup squad,” Tim said.
“He’s got to make a decision. I’m not sure how much love the French are showing him now.
“He was in the wilderness. The French would have had to come and scout our Under-21s before, but now he’s not in the wilderness and everyone is starting to know about him.”
Sherwood also touched on the potential tug of war for the player’s services between England and France.
“He’s performing regularly and if the English are serious about it, it probably could be an arm wrestle between them and the French,” he added.
It is conceivable that Hugo Lloris will be in Didier Deschamps’ ear ahead of 2014 as Bentaleb makes an run on the outside to make the squad. For now, with the backing of Tim Sherwood, he could be an easy first choice in defensive midfield, even when others return to full fitness.