Bentaleb reveals the surprise Spurs star he looked up to during his early days at the club

The 19-year-old says he looked up to Hull defender Michael Dawson.

Nabil Bentaleb has revealed that former club captain Michael Dawson was the player he looked up to during his time with Tottenham's youth squad.

The Algeria international has now broken into the Spurs first team, although he is not currently holding down a regular starting place.

It is a former Tottenham payer, though, who left the club for Hull City this summer, that the 19-year-old looked up to most during his early days in north London.

“When I was in the youth team here, the player I looked up to was Michael Dawson," Bentaleb told the London Evening Standard.

"He was always talking to the young players, giving us confidence, protecting us. I’m not as experienced but I’m trying to follow his way. I’m trying to be as accessible as I can.”

When asked whether the club's aim is a top-four finish and to win the Europa League, meanwhile, an ambitious Bentaleb replied:

“We have the team, we have a strong squad. We want both things and I’m sure we can achieve our target. That is what big clubs and good teams want.”

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