Only nine players have outdone Tottenham's Bentaleb this season

Tottenham Hotspur prospect Nabil Bentaleb impressed at the weekend, and elevated himself into a unique group.

While the fallout from Jason Puncheon's awful penalty miss dominated headlines at the weekend, it could almost be forgotten that Tottenham actually beat Crystal Palace.

Key to that happening was youngster Nabil Bentaleb, making just his first league start for the club.

Bentaleb made a huge 120 touches in a single game - more than any other Premier League player the whole weekend.

Bentaleb's willingness to get his foot on the ball was refreshing, playing a key part in Tottenham winning the midfield battle.

Not only was the number of touches he made impressive, but it put him in the top 10 players for number in a single match this season.

The table below shows his display to be the 12th best, with Jonathan de Guzman and Michael Carrick featuring above him twice - only nine players have outdone him this season.

Steven Davis Southampton vs Aston Villa 14 Southampton MF 142 90
Jonathan De Guzmán Aston Villa vs Swansea 19 Swansea MF 139 90
Glen Johnson Liverpool vs Fulham 11 Liverpool DF 136 90
Angel Rangel Fulham vs Swansea 12 Swansea DF 131 90
Jonathan De Guzmán Swansea vs Newcastle 14 Swansea MF 130 90
Yaya Touré Man City vs Norwich 10 Man City MF 129 90
Kyle Walker Spurs vs Norwich 04 Spurs DF 126 90
Michael Carrick Sunderland vs Man Utd 07 Man Utd MF 123 90
Samir Nasri Sunderland vs Man City 11 Man City MF 123 90
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal vs Hull 14 Arsenal MF 122 90
Michael Carrick Man Utd vs West Brom 06 Man Utd MF 121 90
Nabil Bentaleb Spurs vs Crystal Palace 21 Spurs FW 120 90

One game against Crystal Palace does not make a superstar, yet his performances in the under-21s showed enough to indicate there is real talent there.

For all the millions Spurs have spent in the past year, with the proceeds from selling Gareth Bale, it could be that 19-year-old Bentaleb proves to be the finding of the season.

image: © alanstanton

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