How Nabil Bentaleb's form could make Pochettino's January easier

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The potential of Tottenham Hotspur's Nabil Bentaleb should stop the club the signing Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin.

The form of Tottenham Hotspur's Nabil Bentaleb prevent the club from having to buy in the January transfer window. 

Bentaleb has been used sparingly by Mauricio Pochettino this season, but showed his worth when Spurs took on Everton on Sunday, with his display helping the side pick up their best victory of the season to date.

The Algerian's tenacity in midfield helped Spurs dictate the tempo of the match and he proved that he should be a regular part of the club's starting line-up. 

With Ryan Mason and Bentaleb, Spurs appear to have produced an impressive midfield axis and it could be one which saves Pochettino a lot of money.

The Argentine boss has been looking at the possibility of bringing in Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, but the transfer may not be necessary because of the form of Bentaleb.

Although Schneiderlin is a more refined player at the moment, the club would be foolish to spend £25 million on a player who could block the development of one of their brightest prospects.

The French international's arrival at White Hart Lane would likely consign Bentaleb back to the substitutes' bench and stopping his progression would be the worst thing Pochettino could do. 

Schneiderlin is five years older than Bentaleb and the hope is that, by the time the Spurs academy graduate reaches the age of 25, he will have surpassed the Saints' star. 

Schneiderlin has developed into one of the finest players in his role in England, but at Bentaleb's age he was plying his trade in League One. 

It is evidence of how far he has progressed on the South Coast, but also an example of how bright Bentaleb's future could be with a bit of faith. 

  Key passes per gameInterceptions per gameTouches per gameTackles per gamePassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Morgan Schneiderlin 0.6 1.8 80.7 3.6 89.5% 13 1124
Nabil Bentaleb 0.6 2.2 54.6 1.4 86.9% 5 308

Indeed, Bentaleb is not too far away from from Schneiderlin's level of performance already, and he is actually ahead of him in some areas.

Although he still has to work on being as influential as his Saints counterpart, he is more pro-active in his defending - and makes more interceptions per game. 

He also has very comparable stats in terms of key passes and the accuracy of his passing.

Pochettino has already spoken of his desire to trust the club's youngsters since arriving in North London and in January he has a chance to stand by this statement, while saving Spurs a sizeable amount of money at the same time. 

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