Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb explains what he needs to add to his game

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

The Tottenham youngster believes he needs to become more attacking.

Speaking to the official Tottenham website, Nabil Bentaleb has admitted that he needs to add an offensive side to his game, as well as work on his defensive play.

The Algerian international said: “I’m really happy with my season but like I’ve said before, I know I can do better. I can contribute more offensively, score more goals and do better in my defensive work. I will learn from my mistakes and I won’t make them again.”

Whilst well respected for his defensive play, the 20-year-old has proven to be weak in the offensive third of the pitch, netting just one goal for Spurs in more than 50 appearnces.

Whilst not surprising, seeing as he is primarily the defensive holding player in a two-man midfield, he does frequently get forward into attacking areas, before laying the ball off for more talented teammates.

During the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, he averaged one shot per game, but failed to hit the back of the net, scoring his only goal in the League Cup. Whilst a very technical midfielder, who is great at his main job, until he improves his all-round ability he will not be regarded as a truly great midfielder.

For a player in his position, Bentaleb should be registering a handful of goals a season, showing the same kind of goals to game ratio as he does with the Algerian national team - with whom he has netted three times in 17 appearances.

If the youngster can start to improve his attacking play, whilst continuing his amazing development in the defensive areas, there is no denying that Spurs may just possess one of the best future midfielders in European football.

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