The 20-year-old Spurs star just as important as Kane against Burnley

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Tottenham Hotspur's match against Burnley could be defined by the midfield battle.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane has stolen most of the headlines this season, but he is not the only exciting prospect breaking through at White Hart Lane.

Kane's 29 goals have naturally attracted a lot of attention, but Nabil Bentaleb also deserves praise for how well he has slotted into Spurs' line-up this season.

Bentaleb is even younger than Kane, yet he has become an integral figure in Tottenham's starting line-up and looks to be the complete midfielder already.

The Algeria international has formed an exceptional partnership with Ryan Mason at the heart of Spurs' midfield, and his performances have belied his age.

Bentaleb looks set to be hugely important again this weekend when Tottenham take on Burnley in Premier League action.

Spurs need to take maximum points from their remaining fixtures if they are to make it into the top-four, and avoiding slip-ups will be crucial.

Bentaleb can help them navigate past Burnley if he is at his best, as he is the player who sets the tempo of Tottenham's play and protects the defence.

He will need to be on top of his game if he is to help the Lilywhites past the Clarets, as Sean Dyche's side will be up for the battle.

Burnley are one of the most organised and hard-working teams in the Premier League, so Bentaleb will have to impress if he is to win the battle against David Jones.

Jones may not be the classiest operator, but he is tireless and Bentaleb will need to match the combative central-midfielder's energy levels.

  TeamPasses per gamePassing AccuracyChances created per gameDuels won per gameTackles per gameInterceptions per gameAppearancesMins Played
Nabil Bentaleb Tottenham 59 85.78% 0.66 4.66 2.16 2.44 18 1478
David Jones Burnley 43.28 83.41% 0.67 3.03 1.5 2.5 28 2496

Jones actually has made more interceptions than Bentaleb this season, and that shows how pro-active he is in his defensive work.

It means that Bentaleb will need to ensure that he is at his optimum performance levels and if he is, his overall class should shine through.

Bentaleb makes more tackles, passes more accurately and wins more defensive duels than Jones, so he should feel confident of standing out in the fixture.

If he can, his role in the match could be just as important as any of Tottenham's more decorated stars, and he will be aiming to help his side to claim a very important three points at Turf Moor. 

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