The Tottenham midfielder was not in his best form for Algeria at Afcon 2015.
Tottenham Hotspur are looking forward to welcoming back Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb from international duty with the Desert Foxes. Now a former Tottenham striker has spoken about Bentaleb’s woes at the competition.
The young midfielder was part of the Algeria team that was dumped out of the African Cup of Nations by the Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals.
Algeria failed to produce their best form in the competition and live up to their tag as pre-tournament favourites.
Bentaleb, who played part of the competition on the left hand side of midfield, struggled to find his best form, as many of the Premier League players are in Equatorial Guinea.
Now, a former Tottenham striker has been discussing those difficulties. Freddie Kanoute, who also played for West Ham, played at Tottenham for two years between 2003 and 2005. He retired in 2013, but knows something about playing at the African Nations, he has represented Mali in three of the competitions.
“One can never compare a club to a national selection. Players can not have the same performance club and country. In addition, they are not associated with the same players.
“Look at Nabil Bentaleb, this is not the same player as at Tottenham. Yaya Toure has been criticized too early in the tournament because he could not bring the same benefits to Manchester City. I've had the chance to play in Seville and when I was leaving to play for Mali, I had many difficulties.”
Bentaleb has become an integral part of the Tottenham team under Mauricio Pochettino and his added dynamic will certainly help Tottenham maintain their push for the Champions League places.
The Malian however clearly thinks that Bentaleb is set to return to his best club form now his time in Africa is over. Tottenham fans will certainly hope he performs a lot better than he did in Equatorial Guinea.