Two international players Tottenham and Liverpool should swap

Rickie Lambert

Why Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb and Liverpool's Rickie Lambert could flourish at opposing clubs.

Liverpool and Tottenham are two teams who have suffered underwhelming starts to the season, each lying in the bottom half of the Premier League.

Along with their poor form, there have been casualties in terms of players who have not had the opportunities to correct the team's performances.

And while we are not expecting a creative player swap between the two clubs any time soon, there's case to be made that two fringe players at either side would be better off on opposing teams.

Rickie Lambert

Lambert's time at Liverpool has been, to be blunt, a waste of his talent.

He has been selected to start only one Premier League game out of 11, even with striker Daniel Sturridge out injured.

A switch to work with the manager who helped him do so well at Southampton, Mauricio Pochettino would be too his benefit. Under the Argentine in the Premier League, Lambert had a strong record:

  TeamGoalsAssistsAppearances
Rickie Lambert Southampton 18 12 53

The striker could also bring a level of dependability to an unreliable Tottenham attack. Nobody at White Hart Lane knows what to expect from Emmanuel Adebayor or Roberto Soldado these days, apart from the fact it will not be good.

Nabil Bentaleb

If there is a player at Tottenham not getting the game time he needs who fits the Brendan Rodgers mould, it's Nabil Bentaleb.

The 19-year-old Algerian is a promising prospect who broke into the first team under Tim Sherwood last season, impressing with his tackling and passing.

He went onto feature at the World Cup for his country, but has found it difficult to make an impression under Pochettino this campaign, making just three Premier League starts.

With Liverpool letting former under-21 international Conor Coady depart in the summer, and likely to see Lucas Leiva leave in January, Bentaleb would strengthen their depth in the position and push for first team opportunities along with Emre Can.

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