Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has used a lot of players this season, regularly shifting things around at half-time with varying degrees of success. But against Everton on Sunday, the Spurs boss started with a midfield duo that impressed throughout and hinted at better things to come.
Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb had solid games against the Toffees and played a significant role in ensuring the hosts took all three points. The Algerian in particular impressed when you consider he has only recently returned from injury.
Sunday's game was the first time Bentaleb had started a match since suffering a malleolar injury that ultimately ruled him out for seven matches. But he slotted seamlessly into Tottenham's midfield against Everton, completing 88 per cent of his passes and forming a solid partnership with Mason.
Bentaleb touched the ball 53 times in total and lost possession nine times - which is something he will want to work on on the weeks ahead - but he won five interceptions, two duels and one tackle, while also seeing out the entire match to get some match needed game-time under his belt.
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Tottenham have persevered with Etienne Capoue for much of the season but Bentaleb could have played his way into Pochettino's plans following one of his club's most solid displays of the campaign.