Spurs ace Bentaleb: Pochettino has told me to improve in these three areas

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Tottenham Hotspur's Nabil Bentaleb has identified the areas that he needs to improve in.

Nabil Bentaleb has identified the three areas that he needs to improve on before becoming a regular in Tottenham Hotspur's team. 

The 19-year-old has came through the club's youth-academy and made a positive impression, but he seems to have slipped down the pecking order more recently.

Bentaleb was brought in by Tim Sherwood last season and he has repaid his former manager's faith in him by proving he is capable of playing at the top level, but the Algerian admits he is not the finished article yet. 

Indeed, the all-action central-midfielder says that Mauricio Pochettino is very pro-active in giving his players targets to improve on and, in an interview with London 24 today, he revealed where the Argentine had told him to progress.

“The manager speaks to you all the time, he tells you what you do that’s wrong and right,” he said. “He takes you into his office and shows you what mistakes you made at the weekend and gives you something to work on, with your weaker points.

"I have to improve my passing, improve physically and get more mature on the pitch."

Bentaleb has been forced out of the team by another one of the Spurs' academy products.

Ryan Mason may be slightly older than him, but he is in better form and now Bentaleb faces a fight if he wants to win his place back.

He also has the added obstacle of Benjamin Stambouli, a summer signing who has impressed in his fleeting showings so far, in his way, but Bentaleb insists that he gets on well the former Montpellier man and that the competition doesn't faze him.

“Benjamin is a great man," he said. "As soon as he came we spoke together because we’re both French. We got on well together and now we’re playing together in the centre.”

“I always come to training to improve and give everything when I step onto the training pitch. It’s still the same mentality as when I was in the academy."

Although Bentaleb has slipped down the order of selection at White Hart Lane there are big hopes for him at the North-London club in the future. 

He is one of the brightest teenagers in the Premier League and if he continues on his current trajectory of improvement he promises to be a considerable talent for some time yet. 

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