Tottenham Hotspur have sold a player after just a year at the club, but did he deserve more time?
When Tottenham Hotspur signed Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier last summer for just £4.7million it looked like a canny piece of business.
After all, here was a player who had featured 129 times for the Ligue 1 club, playing an integral role and with his best years still ahead of him.
The 24-year-old was predominantly a defensive midfielder but he could also operate as a centre-back if required and his 40 appearances in his final season in France illustrated his importance to a Montpellier side that would soon lose both him and Remy Cabella.
Just a year on, after only 12 Premier League appearances for Tottenham and 25 in all competitions, Stambouli has moved back to his homeland, with Paris Saint-Germain signing him for around £6million, and that move in itself suggests Spurs should have given him more game-time.
After all, PSG will have only signed Stambouli if they felt he could offer something to their side, and as much as he is a home-grown player his previous form in France will have also played its part.
When a club like PSG come calling, with their title triumphs and Champions League participation, it is hard for a club to say no, but clubs like that rarely sign players that have hardly featured for a side that did not finish in the top four of its domestic division.
PSG clearly understand Stambouli’s value and it is a shame for Tottenham fans that their manager Mauricio Pochettino did not put more faith in him last season.
With more time he could have excelled in North London as he had previously in France, but instead it is now at arguably the biggest club in his homeland that he will be continuing his career.