Tottenham Hotspur are settling down to life in their new stadium nicely, with last night’s win over Manchester City proving just how dangerous Spurs can be on their day.
But, one thing that has been holding Spurs back at times since January has been the void left by Mousa Dembele, as Harry Winks doesn’t quite possess the same attacking threat that the Belgian provided.
Sadly for Spurs, they actually sold a player who could have filled the void at the new White Hart Lane.
Nabil Bentaleb signed for Spurs’ academy back in 2012 and later broke into the Under-21 side.
The exciting talent made his professional debut in a Premier League match against Southampton back in December of 2013, as he ended up coming on to replace Dembele. And, fans may remember his first start for the club which came in the North London derby against Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup on the 4th of January.
However, he was never really able to reach his full potential at Spurs as a permanent place in the side was hard to achieve with the likes of Ryan Mason, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele in North London. A number of injuries resulted in him moving on loan to FC Schalke in the summer of 2016, which later turned into a permanent deal.
But, he’s reached new heights since moving to Germany as he’s already produced 19 goals and nine assists in 96 appearances, with eight of his 19 goals coming in the current campaign. His passing game has come on leaps and bounds and he’s starting to influence the game more in the final third, so Spurs may now regret selling him.
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