Scout says Benjamin Stambouli suits Pochettino's style

James Eastham described Stambouli as one of the best midfielders in France.

Tottenham's new signing Benjamin Stambouli has been rated as one of the best midfielders in French football over the last few seasons according to scout James Eastham. 

Stambouli signed for Spurs on transfer deadline day and strengthens the side in the middle of the park - one of the priorities that head coach Mauricio Pochettino reportedly had in the summer - and was part of Montpellier's title win in 2012.

Eastham told the Premier League's website that the 24-year-old is a player that will suit the style of the recently appointed Spurs boss.

He said: "He’s a pretty big guy, about 6ft, and with a strong build, and is a powerful operator in the middle of the pitch. On the ball you would describe him as good rather than excellent – he has a decent passing range without being outstanding, and can beat a man when necessary - but generally keeps the team ticking over without getting forward too often.

"Arguably his strength is his work off the ball and he will suit the high-intensity pressing style with which Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino achieved success at Southampton. He plays with great intensity and energy, pressing well and having the stamina to put the opposition under pressure over 90 minutes. A lot of players need time to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Barclays Premier League. Stambouli will need time like everybody else, but he is well equipped already on based on what he has shown in Ligue 1.

"At Montpellier he was a member of the side who caused a massive shock by winning the 2011/12 Ligue 1 title. At the start of that campaign Montpellier were more than outsiders, they were not on anybody’s radar as potential title-winners. Stambouli was a fringe figure during the first half of that season but broke into the team midway through the campaign and went to play an important role in their shock title. That was the season in which he became known to French football fans."

Eastham goes on to say that he could provide competition for Etienne Capoue in the middle of the park. Capoue has played the opening games of the Premier League season in the more deeper midfield role, but the arrival of Stambouli is likely to create more intense competition.

As Pochettino tries to implement his philosophy over the course of the season, players that like to press and add aggression to the midfield are going to be key if Tottenham are to succeed under the Argentine, and given Eastham's comments, it's of little wonder that the Argentine boss has opted for a player of his ilk.

The club needed a central midfielder to keep the same kind of strength in depth within their squad after the departure of Sandro to Queens Park Rangers, but they will be hoping for more from Stambouli.

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