Spurs' World Cup starlet Bentaleb proving he is the real deal in Brazil

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

Few players have had as whirlwind a half year as Tottenham's 19-year-old Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb.

Turning out in Premier League Under-21 fixtures in December, Tim Sherwood's spell in charge of Spurs saw him promoted to the first team, with the youngster going on to make 20 appearances by the end of the season.

It was enough to see a minor tug of war reportedly break out between France, Algeria and even England for his international allegiance, before the youngster chose the county of his parent's heritage.

At times some Spurs fans questioned his place in their expensively assembled squad, but there can be no doubting Bentaleb's talent, as he is now proving on the World's biggest stage.

When looking at players that have been on the pitch for 100 minutes or more, Bentaleb is the highest placed teenager when it comes to passing percentage and game time. 

No other player his age has been such a lynchpin for his nation, with the Tottenham youth playing every minute of Algeria's two games, a narrow loss to a Belgium side full of fellow Spurs teammates and an entertaining 4-2 win over South Korea.

Only captain Madjid Bougherra has a higher passing percentage than the Spurs youngster for the Algerian team, and no other Tottenham outfield player except Benoit Assou-Ekotto has completed the full 180 minutes for his country, and Cameroon are already heading home.

  TeamPosAppsMinsTouchesAccurate PassPassing Accuracy %
Madjid Bougherra Algeria DF 2 179 102 62 86.11
Nabil Bentaleb Algeria MF 2 180 94 64 83.12
Carl Medjani Algeria DF 2 174 60 31 75.61
Rafik Halliche Algeria DF 2 180 114 58 75.32
Sofiane Feghouli Algeria MF 2 180 91 44 73.33

With Mauricio Pochettino set to come in at Spurs, and famously able to utilise the younger players at the clubs he's in charge of, it may well be the case that the Argentine can take a player who has World Cup experience at the age of 19, and set him on the way to stardom.

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