As promising a player as Nabil Bentaleb may be, by elevating him to one of the first names on any team sheet, Tim Sherwood has caused a fair bit of consternation. The Bentaleb backlash started around a fortnight ago and has escalated to the extent where an article on Sky Sports’ website seemed to put the entire blame for Sunday’s defeat at his door.
That might be a little harsh but perhaps it’s best for player and club if he has a spell on the bench and that could happen soon with news that Sandro is set to return in Thursday’s tie with Dnipro.
The Brazilian has been missing since Andre Villas-Boas’ last game in charge and while we’ve had one or two false starts, it’s reported by several newspapers that Sandro is fit and ready to return.
Nabil Bentaleb may still have a promising future at Spurs but if Tim Sherwood picks the young Frenchman ahead of a fully fit Sandro, the coach’s judgement really will be called into question.