Tottenham star shows his versatility against Everton, impresses fans

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur’s Nabil Bentaleb filled in at left-back against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur star Nabil Bentaleb showed his versatility on Sunday as he exceeded expectations with a wonderful performance at left-back during his side’s 1-0 win at Everton in the Premier League.

The Algerian international has spent the majority of the campaign alongside Ryan Mason in midfield, performing well and earning the trust of head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

However, owing to a number of defensive injuries at White Hart Lane, Spurs headed into their season finale at Goodison Park without a recognised full-back.

Eric Dier was once again pushed out at right-back, but in a surprise selection it was Bentaleb who was chosen to fill in for the absent Danny Rose and his performance made quite an impression.

  TacklesDefensive Duel WinnersInterceptionsBall RecoveriesTake-onsAccurate PassesMins Played
Nabil Bentaleb 2 10 5 9 4 66 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the 20-year-old put in a superb defensive performance and dealt with the Toffees' wide players with relative ease.

Bentaleb recorded two tackles, five interceptions, nine ball recoveries and a remarkable 10 defensive duel winners – more than any other player on the pitch.

Moreover, Bentaleb’s attacking intuitions provided the visitors with a threat from deep as he produced four successful take-ons, with no Spurs player completing more over the 90 minutes.

His surprising performance may not exactly pave the way for a position change, but it may prove that the left-back slot is well covered and one area less for Pochettino to strengthen this summer.

Harry Kane gave the visitors all three points with his 21st Premier League goal of the season, but the real star performer was Bentaleb and the Spurs fans acknowledged his input on Twitter after the game.

 

 

 

 

 

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