81% pass-accuracy; five duels won: Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb continues to impress

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

Nabil Bentaleb outshone his midfield partner Ryan Mason when Tottenham Hotspur took on Swansea City on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb was one of the few players who really impressed for Mauricio Pochettino's side against Swansea City on Sunday.

Some fans still felt the Algerian was not effective but, for the most part, social media was rife with comments suggesting the 20-year-old was the one Tottenham midfielder who could leave with his head held high - along with substitute Benjamin Stambouli that is.

Bentaleb outshone his midfield partner Ryan Mason in a number of key areas, enjoying a better passing accuracy, making more clearances and key passes and winning more tackles, ground duels and aerial battles.

  Passing AccuracyEffective ClearancesTackles WonInterceptions WonDuels WonAerials WonKey PassesMins Played
Nabil Bentaleb 81% 1 3 3 5 1 1 90
Ryan Mason 79% 0 1 3 3 0 0 70

Given Bentaleb's age there is no reason he cannot grow into a vital player for Tottenham, and he showed glimpses of hat he can become in the 2-1 win against Swansea.

Stambouli's arrival proved the Frenchman must be used more in the second half of the campaign, but Bentaleb could well be used alongside him in a line-up that would add stability to Tottenham's side and allow the more creative players to focus on what they do best.

That said, Tottenham's need for a quality striker becomes more evident by the week and Pochettino will surely be doing all he can to sign one next month; although the midfield may be just fine, if the right players are picked as is now the case with Spurs' defence.

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