Pochettino speaks out on Bentaleb future

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has put Nabil Bentaleb’s Tottenham future into clear perspective in his most recent press conference, following his recent exclusions from the first team squad. The 21 year old, who burst onto the scene under former manager Tim Sherwood has had an injury hit few months that have seen his first team opportunities significantly limited following the emergence of Dele Alli and Eric Dier’s successful transition to midfield.

Speaking at the conference, Pochettino has stated: “From the beginning, he had a problem. He missed 17 or 18 games with re-injury. The team moved on and another player had the opportunity to play.

“But we keep a very good relationship with Nabil and be sure that, if he works like he works in the last few weeks, he will have the possibility to play. It’s always about a football decision, and performance.”

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At his peak, the French-born Algerian international is a real diamond in the midfield, and I have no doubts that he can still have a promising future at the heart of a Tottenham XI. The following Stat Comparison Matrix highlights Bentaleb’s quality with the ball, exemplified by his outstanding passing and take on completion percentages, as well as his dominant duels won percentage- showing he can still be an excellent asset in the centre of the park.

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Data from Squawka

With Pochettino likely to rotate his side, Bentaleb is touted to start in tonight’s FA Cup replay with Leicester City; presenting him with a prime opportunity to try and forge is way back into the Argentine’s plans.

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By Joe Thomas

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