Nabil Bentaleb has shown considerable promise since being introduced into the Tottenham midfield by Tim Sherwood. There were a few raised eyebrows when he made his debut early in the second half at Southampton in place of the injured Mousa Dembele, especially as the more experienced Etienne Capoue was on the bench at St. Mary’s.
The young French Under-19 international wasn’t overawed by the occasion and was involved in central midfield as Spurs went on to win the game. He was used as a second half substitute again in the games against West Brom at White Hart Lane and at Old Trafford where he played with a calm confidence. On both occasions he went on with just under half an hour to play, not the usual few minutes at the end of the match that young players get these days. Tim Sherwood had confidence in Bentaleb and he didn’t let his manager down.
Such was Sherwood’s belief that Nabil Bentaleb could deliver that he was given his first start at the Emirates in the FA Cup tie against Arsenal and played the full 90 minutes. His first Premier league start came on Saturday against Crystal Palace and the stats show his contribution to the Spurs cause.
****Nabil Bentaleb played the most passes in the Premier League on Saturday with 106 and with highest success rate at 93%****
With a little more good fortune, he could have been celebrating a goal but his first half shot from 30 yards crashed off the inside of the post and went across goal and out for a goal kick on the other side.
Watch and enjoy Bentaleb’s contribution to the weekend win over Crystal Palace.