White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v Newcastle

Sunday, 26 October 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

White Hart Lane

Last Game

Tottenham 5 - 1 Asteras Tripoli

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 20:05

Europa League Group C

Sherwood: Bentaleb must play

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood says that young midfielder Nabil Bentaleb needs to be playing regularly in order to continue his development.

Last Updated: 28/06/14 at 13:38 Post Comment

Nabil Bentaleb: Tim Sherwood thinks the midfielder will improve with regular foo

Nabil Bentaleb: Tim Sherwood thinks the midfielder will improve with regular foo

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The 19-year-old, who has been ever-present for Algeria at the World Cup this summer, was handed his Spurs debut by Sherwood last season and went on to make 20 appearances in all competitions.

Bentaleb has impressed in Brazil, helping Algeria to make history as they reached the knock-out stages of the tournament for the first time to set up a last-16 tie with Germany.

Despite previously representing France at Under-19s level, Bentaleb pledged his allegiances to Algeria earlier this year and Sherwood believes his style of play suits Vahid Halilhodzic’s side.

In his column for The Independent, Sherwood wrote: "Nabil is not afraid of anyone. He is perfect for the way that Algeria play, with a pressing game.

"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.

"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."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

La Liga: Carlo Ancelotti praises 'professional' Real Madrid after 3-1 Barcelona win

Carlo Ancelotti praised Real Madrid's "unique professionalism" after they came from a goal down to beat Barcelona.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino says Alan Pardew deserves more respect

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is tough not to feel sorry for Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew.

La Liga: Luis Enrique stands by Luis Suarez selection after Barcelona defeat

Luis Enrique defended his decision to start Luis Suarez against Real Madrid after his team slumped to a 3-1 defeat.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property