Tottenham legend explains flaw he sees in Mason and Bentaleb partnership

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Tottenham Hotspur legend Graham Roberts has explained a technical flaw he sees between two key Spurs midfielders.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Graham Roberts pointed out to talkSPORT a flaw he sees in the club’s dynamic partnership between Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb.

The Tottenham midfielders have become two very important and consistent players for Mauricio Pochettino, but he feels they sometimes get carried away with a tendency to overplay.

“To be fair to both of them (Mason and Bentaleb) they’ve had a fantastic season. They’ve come and started playing well together and then Bentaleb went away, he’s come back and has been our best player,” he said.

“They have to remember also that sometimes you can’t play all the time, you have to clear the ball and I think in their minds it’s one pass forward, two back and sometimes they give the ball away.”

The pair, along with the rest of the side, under performed last weekend in the defeat against Manchester United and are under pressure to produce a positive response in the match against Leicester City this weekend.

Both players are gifted in terms of technique, with Mason having also shown the qualities of a leader in Tottenham’s team as they both look to push on.

They are very effective linking up Tottenham’s midfield and attack, but the challenge for Mauricio Pochettino is to further refine them in a defensive sense and challenging to maintain their consistency under heavy pressure.

Pochettino is a manager who likes his teams to pass from the back and press high up the field, but there is room for some common sense when a ball into the stands would be a better option.

It will please him that the duo have been effective throughout the season, but Roberts suggests he’s spotted a little crack in the partnership, which needs to be filled in looking ahead to next season.

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