90% pass accuracy, one assist: Does Spurs man deserve to start on Sunday?

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb put in a solid display against Besiktas in the Europa League last night, but does he deserve to start on Sunday?

Spurs had to settle for a point at home to Besiktas in the Europa League last night, as a late defensive blunder from Vlad Chiriches cost his side two vital points.

Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb put in a solid performance and will be hoping to start his first league game in over a month when Spurs entertain Southampton on Sunday, the side against which he made his first-team debut last December.

Tim Sherwood introduced Bentaleb when he took over as manager last season, and the 19-year-old has been a part of the first-team squad ever since, but he has fallen down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino in recent weeks.

After starting the first three Premier League games of the season, Bentaleb has only seen 10 minutes of action in the past three league games, and he will hope his performance on Thursday night was enough to force his way back into the starting lineup.

  TeamPosAssistsChances CreatedSuccessful Take-OnsTotal PassPassing Accuracy (%)Won TackleInterceptionsTouchesAppsMins
Nabil Bentaleb Spurs MF 1 2 2 42 90 2 3 58 1 90

He saw more of the ball than any other Spurs midfielder, and completed an impressive 90% of his passes during the game.

His assist for Harry Kane's goal will have also helped his cause, and that is surprisingly just the second assist he has ever picked up for Spurs, with the only other coming in the 4-0 win at Newcastle last season.

Ryan Mason earned his first start for Spurs against Arsenal last weekend after impressing against Nottingham Forest in the game prior to that, and Bentaleb will be hoping that he can force his way back into the side following his own effective display in a midweek encounter.

Moussa Dembele is also back in contention after returning to action as a substitute last night, and Pochettino is not short of options in midfield, with Etienne Capoue the only nailed on starter at this point, as he has started all six Premier League games so far.

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