Fans react on Twitter to Tottenham star Nabil Bentaleb's left-wing performance for Algeria

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The central man was utilised in a wide position for his nation yesterday.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb featured for Algeria yesterday in the African Cup of Nations against Ghana - in a game his nation eventually lost 1-0 thanks to a late Asamoah Gyan strike.

The Spurs midfielder did not have his best game. In fact he was lucky to stay on the pitch. He should have been booked in the first half after an entertaining scuffle with a Ghanaian player. He then made a professional foul in the second half which did, finally, earn him a booking.

He failed to make an impact on the game, with the poor pitch and standard of play affecting most of the players on the pitch.

But Bentaleb was not entirely to blame for his poor performance. The Tottenham star is an excellent central midfielder, but Algeria boss Christian Gourcuff decided to start Bentaleb from the left hand side of midfield.

He is clearly not a left winger and he struggled to have a major impact on the game from his unfamiliar position.

Eventually he switched inside when Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez was introduced to the fray and he immediately improved but if he had started the game there, and Algeria had some genuine width, they might not have lost to the Black Stars.

Plenty of fans, Algeria and Tottenham, have reacted to his performance on Twitter, and here is some of the best reaction...

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