Why it is far too soon for Tottenham to give up on Benjamin Stambouli

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One Tottenham Hotspur player linked with a potential summer exit deserves more time at the club.

According to a report in the London Evening Standard, the future of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Benjamin Stambouli is unclear, despite the 24-year-old only arriving in North London last summer.

When the midfielder signed for Spurs for £4.7million, those who followed French football closely hailed the move as a canny piece of business by Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy, but Stambouli has yet to really show what he can do.

His pace has come under the spotlight, and he has featured only 10 times in the Premier League this season (and 23 times in all competitions).

But it is far too early to give up on him and he deserves at least another season at White Hart Lane.

Stambouli has shown glimpses of what he is capable of, and when you consider how long some players are given, writing him off after a single campaign would be foolish for Tottenham.

Were Stambouli to move back to France, it would probably be only a few weeks before he was back putting in the kind of performances that got Spurs’ attention in the first place.

Yes, all leagues are different, but Stambouli does have what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, he just needs time and, crucially, a run of games.

Pochettino has not been willing to give him that yet, and perhaps he never will, but a defensive midfielder who reads the game brilliantly in that position having previously been a centre-back should not be discarded along with some of the inevitable departures this summer.

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