Could Benjamin Stambouli be the answer for Pochettino after United humbling?

The 24-year-old should offer Tottenham Hotspur a steel they were desperately missing at Old Trafford.

When Tottenham beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Loftus Road 11 days ago, the closest Benjamin Stambouli got to making a contribution was an 88th-minute introduction as a substitute.

After a bright enough start to his White Hart Lane career, the Frenchman has fallen down the pecking order in north London, with an inconsistency about his game perhaps holding him back - excellent performances have been followed up by indifferent showings from the midfielder this term.

But, after Spurs' 3-0 humbling at Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, boss Mauricio Pochettino might just be considering giving Stambouli a cameo longer than two minutes plus injury time - if not starting him altogether.

For - as the story of Tottenham's season goes - while Stambouli has been inconsistent this campaign, so too have most others within the north London side. And what was missing most at Old Trafford is what the 24-year-old was brought to the capital to provide: strength and steel down the middle.

Against United, Spurs were overrun. Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason's inexperienced showed, excellent though they have been for the most part this season. Tottenham's defence, meanwhile, were left unprotected while having a particularly bad day at the office themselves - Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier won no tackles at all v Louis van Gaal's side.

The one man, at least in theory, that could put a stop to all of the above is Stambouli.

Neither Bentaleb nor Mason need be dropped, too, should Pochettino wish to keep faith in his first-choice pairing: a 4-3-3 could do the trick.

Would it be a negative move against Leicester City at home? Perhaps. If that's a concern for a naturally attacking manager who has shown great reluctance to impose any match-specific defensive plans in recent weeks, Stambouli mightn't hold his breath.

Yet, as the carousel of underperforming Spurs players spins once more, it could be the 24-year-old's turn to win his place back in the team. He could certainly have done a job against United.

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