23 Shots, 5 On Target: Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb's poor return

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb has been outstanding this season, but there is one area he really needs to improve on.

Nabil Bentaleb has been outstanding this season, flourishing for Tottenham Hotspur under Mauricio Pochettino.

His passing, tackling, and reading of the game has seen him emerge as a must pick in midfield. His shooting however, not so much.

The midfielder is still without a Premier League goal this season in 21 appearances, and it is not difficult to see why, for he rarely troubles the goalkeeper.

He had three attempts against Newcastle at the weekend, failing to hit the target with any of them, and it was not a one off.

  Total ShotsShots On TargetGoalsAppearances
Nabil Bentaleb 23 5 0 21

Bentaleb has managed only five shots on target, and of all of Tottenham's players to attempt 15 or more shots in the Premier League this season, it is the lowest rate of accuracy.

  Total ShotsShots On TargetGoalsOn Target Shooting Accuracy
Emmanuel Adebayor 19 10 2 53%
Andros Townsend 16 8 2 50%
Harry Kane 92 42 20 46%
Nacer Chadli 45 20 9 44%
Roberto Soldado 20 7 1 35%
Ryan Mason 36 12 1 33%
Danny Rose 22 6 2 27%
Christian Eriksen 92 25 10 27%
Erik Lamela 30 8 1 27%
Nabil Bentaleb 23 5 0 22%

The two names at the top of the list are among the most surprising, especially Andros Townsend, who last season carved out a reputation for his scatter gun style shooting.

Unsurprisingly Bentaleb is the only one on the list not to score, but Christian Eriksen's improvement of just five per cent suggests to the Algerian that practise makes perfect, having attempted 92 shots on his way to scoring 10 league goals.

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