Tottenham Hotspur were comfortable winners in their League Cup quarter-final against Newcastle United last night with four different scorers in a 4-0 win.
One of those scorers was young midfielder Nabil Bentaleb who continues to develop after coming into the side frequently under Tim Sherwood last season.
Current boss Mauricio Pochettino obviously sees something he likes in the young Algerian, as he continues to keep the likes of Mousa Dembele and Paulinho out of the side in the Premier League.
It’s an important time in the season for Bentaleb because the pressure over him, his manager and the team is huge at the moment.
Tottenham need results in the Premier League to start consolidating in the top six, as the boss mulls over who he’s going to add to his squad in the January transfer window.
One of the areas he’s already well stocked in terms of options is central midfield, with Bentaleb one of his main players in the middle at the moment.
Bentaleb seems to be a complete midfielder; he’s quick, he can tackle and he’s got a good eye for a pass.
The trick for him is finding ways to stay effective over the rest of the season because as his stock and his profile increase, opposition teams are going to work harder on systems, which can prevent him from being effective.
If he can still have a positive impact for Tottenham through those periods then there’s nothing he can’t achieve with the club.
Here’s what Tottenham fans on Twitter made of Bentaleb’s performance last night.
@DareToLamela we have an even more special talent in Bentaleb as well. Looking good— JD (@FUTJD) December 17, 2014
The break did Bentaleb good his form dipped after playing so many games, but thats to be expected from a young player. he has talent!— ENIC OUT (@Nice_One_Cyril) December 17, 2014
Bentaleb pussied a challenge earlier but he is a joy to watch on the ball. Incredible talent