Nabil Bentaleb

Tottenham still glow in the Wembley half-light 4

Losing final performances and cold-hearted analysis don’t go together particularly well. In games of less significance, it’s far easier to distance yourself and evaluate a team’s performance without the weight of context. You can write about a game’s passing-triangles, pressing patterns and conversion statistics when the result is incidental, but not when you’re emotionally invested.(…)

Tottenham’s approach with Nabil Bentaleb next season

Tottenham’s approach with Nabil Bentaleb next season 3

Nabil Bentaleb got a raw deal this season.  Rather unfairly, he became a symbol of Tim Sherwood’s unpopular regime and his inclusion in the first-team was seen a contrived attempt by the now departed manager to reinforce the progress he’d cultivated within Spurs’ academy. Tottenham fans tend to be split between two schools of thought(…)

Nabil Bentaleb’s Tottenham performance (vs Newcastle): Graphics

Nabil Bentaleb’s Tottenham performance (vs Newcastle): Graphics 0

Nabil Bentaleb certainly seemed to benefit from having a more defensively-orientated player alongside him last night, and he was much more expressive with the ball as a result - here are his notable graphics from St James’ Park as Tottenham battered Newcastle: Follow @premleagueowl £50 free bet for new BetFair customersTweet

Player to watch this weekend: Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham) 0

Tim Sherwood’s decision to promote Nabil Bentaleb to the Tottenham first-team had, prior to the game with Manchester City, been a huge success. The young Frenchman had been excellent with the ball at his feet, had displayed a very impressive passing range, and hadn’t in any way been a defensive weak-link in the side. That(…)

Nabil Bentaleb’s Tottenham performance: Graphics

Nabil Bentaleb’s Tottenham performance: Graphics 0

Pre-game, I criticised Nabil Bentaleb’s inclusion in the Tottenahm line-up on the basis that his elevation to a starting position in the team has seemed a little contrived, and that it maybe represents Tim Sherwood trying to underline just how good a job he feels he’s done with the youth players in recent years. To(…)