Another Spurs player bites the dust at Brazil 2014 as Nabil Bentaleb returns following Algeria’s defeat at the hands of Germany. The midfielder started all three group matches at the World Cup but yesterday he watched from the sidelines as his country lost out in extra time.
Nabil now flies home to an uncertain future at White Hart Lane where at best, most fans view the 19 year old as a promising player who doesn’t quite justify the amount of game time given to him by Tim Sherwood.
Clearly our former coach still has a high opinion of the teenager and ahead of the new campaign, he has asked the club to give Bentaleb more game time.
“I tended to use him in a more defensive role, mainly because I knew I could trust him to do what I asked. But in his development at Spurs, he has always been a box-to-box midfielder and he has always scored goals in the junior age groups,” Sherwood wrote in the Independent.
“He still needs to develop and is not the finished article yet, but in the future he could be that sort of goalscoring midfielder. If Mauricio Pochettino is looking for that sort of player, then Nabil is perfect. He has to play regularly, though, if his development is to continue.”
The new coach has the option to use him extensively or, more likely, he will remain on the fringes of the set up for now. Alternatively, after a positive World Cup, perhaps now is the time to cash in on Nabil Bentaleb?