Which Tottenham starlet is Pele tipping to have a surprise summer?

Brazilian legend Pele believes that Nabil Bentaleb's Algeria have a chance of pulling off a shock at the World Cup.

This week saw Algeria take on Slovenia in an international friendly - and they would have been happy with the end result.

Goals from El Arbi Hilel Soudani of Dinamo Zagreb and Inter Milan midfielder Saphir Taider were enough to secure the result - but the story on many a fans lips was the debut of Tottenham Hotspur starlet Nabil Bentaleb.

The 19-year-old was born in Lille, France - and represented the French under-19 side on one occasion back in 2012.

And with his sudden emergence into the Tottenham Hotspur first-team under the new management of Tim Sherwood there was a hastened approach from two football associations to secure his long-term international future.

He pledged his future to his country of heritage however in February and he was handed an immediate start against Slovenia.

He impressed in the debut - with many fans very happy he made this decision.

And in the summer he is all set to make it to the World Cup with the Desert Foxes - and one footballing legend believes his side might just pull off a shock.

Brazilian Pele, considered by many to be the best footballer of all-time, has been speaking about the World Cup in his homeland next summer - and he thinks Algeria are dark horses.

In quotes attributed to Sambafoot Pele reportedly stated:

“Football is not an accurate science, it’s a game full of surprises and Algeria’s national team is capable of accomplish one [during the World Cup],”

Algeria have a World Cup Group including tough ties such as Belgium, Russia and South Korea - so even getting passed the Group Stage would be an incredible achievement from Vahid Halilhodzic’s side.

Anything else would be a miracle.

image: © jbagley

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