Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has heaped praise on Rodrigo Bentancur after Saturday’s 6-2 victory over Leicester City.
The Lowdown: Spurs’ win against Leicester
The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes for the Lilywhites at the weekend as they ripped a struggling Foxes side to shreds at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
After the game, Spurs teammate Eric Dier showered praise on the 25-year-old, saying the “biggest compliment” he could pay Bentancur was “we play well when he plays well” (via football.london).
The Latest: Robinson full of praise
Robinson, who made 175 appearances for the Lilywhites, has hailed Bentancur for his incredible start to life in a Tottenham shirt, impressed by his recent performance against Leicester.
Speaking with Football Insider, the former goalkeeper said:
“He has been amazing since he has come in. Him and Kulusevski have been fantastic signings.
“Players take different amounts of time to settle into the Premier League. Bentancur was given a birth in the team early and has since made himself undroppable. He is one of the first names on the teamsheet. He has offensive and defensive capabilities.
“The team has improved a lot under Antonio Conte and Bentancur is a big part of that.
“Everyone thought [Yves] Bissouma would come into the team when Spurs signed him in the summer but Bentancur and [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg have been that good.
“Bentancur is a player that goes under the radar, but he’s been sensational. His all-round performance is excellent, it really has.”
The Verdict: Bentancur flying
As per FBRef, compared with positional peers across Europe over the past year, the midfielder ranks in the 88th percentile for pass completion, in the 85th percentile for pressures and in the 82nd percentile for assists.
With statistical comparisons made to the likes of Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets, Liverpool’s Fabinho and Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga, it is little surprise to see such praise for the Uruguayan, who is proving to be a great signing for Tottenham.
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