Nabil Bentaleb: The valuable advice William Gallas gave me

The 20-year-old Tottenham Hotspur midfielder says the former defender was one of his biggest inspirations.

Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb has made the intriguing revelation that William Gallas was a huge inspiration when he began his career with the club, according to the club's official website.

Gallas helped Bentaleb as far back as when the Algerian midfielder was 16, he says, and was key with the advice he game him when he first broke into the senior side.

Indeed, asked if he agrees that it is harder to keep his place in a Premier League team as opposed to breaking into it, Bentaleb said:

“You know what? William Gallas told me exactly that. He spoke wise words to me and I thank him for that. I was only 16 when I first met him and he always gave me advice and the benefit of his experience.

"All the players help me, people like Hugo and Younes tell me little things to be aware of and you listen to their words and to their experience because they have been playing at the very top level for a long time.”

That, of course, is the biggest selling point of experience: the know-how and advice those who have been there and done that can pass on to younger players.

And it raises an interesting issue: is there enough of that at Tottenham right now?

Like Liverpool, Spurs have invested in younger players with more of a re-sale value, while their more experienced heads have come up well short in recent seasons at White Hart Lane. The north London side could really do with an established talent two - who can perform but also help those around them.

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