Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb told FourFourTwo earlier this week that he’s hungry to learn from boss Mauricio Pochettino on a daily basis.
So what could the boss teach him and where could he get better?
He’s blossoming into a very reliable and consistent midfielder for the club and Pochettino will be fully aware of not allowing him to rest on his laurels, stressing the need for continued improvement over the rest of the season.
One area he could work on is the variety in his passing.
Bentaleb is one of the most effective at Tottenham when it comes to receiving the ball from the back four and playing simple passes to the side or into the feet of more attacking players.
However, where he could arguably improve is in terms of having a greater range of passes.
If he can become more like a player such as Steven Gerrard in terms of how he spreads passes out wide and forward over long distances quickly, Tottenham will reap the benefits.
It will give the side a greater ability to counter attack after seeing off prolonged spells of pressure from their opposition.
Another area the boss could work with him to improve is his defensive awareness.
Bentaleb has formed a very good long term relationship with Ryan Mason in the middle of Tottenham’s team and if he can show he’s more responsible from a defensive point of view then his relationship and status with supporters will grow even stronger.
He can drop deeper, press more aggressively, put in more tackles and up his efforts in several more areas, which are crucial for any midfielder who wants to make a difference and take the pressure away from his back four.
Pochettino has already been very effective in terms of helping Bentaleb’s game develop and if he can help tweak one or two more areas, then Spurs will have a better midfielder on their hands than is already the case.