Tottenham Hotspur’s Nabil Bentaleb: I am grateful to Tim Sherwood

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has explained why he is thankful to the club’s former manager Tim Sherwood.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has revealed that he will always be grateful to Tim Sherwood.

Sherwood was in charge of Spurs from December 23 to May 13 2014, after which he was dismissed.

It was the Englishman who gave Bentaleb his first-team debut for Spurs last season. The youngster came on as a substitute against Southampton in the Premier League in December.

Bentaleb, 20, has now expressed his gratitude to Sherwood and told The Guardian: “Tim Sherwood was the first one to trust me and put me in.

“Most of the credit I have is for him. I will be forever grateful to him. I have found my position at Tottenham but you are never safe. This is football and you always have to fight.”

Bentaleb has established himself in Tottenham’s starting line-up under Mauricio Pochettino. The Algeria international has played in eight Premier League matches so far this season, having a pass accuracy of 88% and winning 44% of the duels.

The youngster has formed a formidable partnership with Ryan Mason in central midfield, and it seems that he cannot do no wrong at the moment.

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