Benjamin Stambouli misses big chance to impress ahead of Capital One Cup final

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The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder produced a poor display against Fiorentina on Thursday night.

Ahead of the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday, several Tottenham stars have been given the chance to audition for a role in the showpiece event by boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Most of them have underwhelmed.

And none more so than Benjamin Stambouli, a midfielder who has often appeared on the cusp of a place in Pochettino's starting XI.

After his Europa League showing at Fiorentina, however, Stambouli's place in the Spurs team appears under more threat than ever.

Failing to make much of an impact at all, the 24-year-old didn't link defence to attack, didn't protect his back four and made little headway going forward.

But, worryingly for Tottenham, Stambouli became just the latest in a long line of players to disappoint.

Etienne Capoue isn't even in which a chance at the moment, while Mousa Dembele fell flat on his face against West Ham. That's only focusing on central midfield, where Nabil Bentaleb has been the north London side's only consistent performer.

Stambouli had a chance to change that and perhaps challenge Ryan Mason, whose most recent performances have received mixed reviews from fans. But the 24-year-old didn't deliver against Fiorentina and has all but cemented his place outside of Pochettino's team.

To round it off, a look at Stamoubli's statistics for the night leaves one rather puzzled.

As stats from show, the Frenchman made more passes than any other Spurs player (80) and took more touches than anyone else bar Christian Eriksen (93).

But what exactly did Stambouli have to show for it?

Tottenham need players who can change games, not passengers - especially at the business end of the season.

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