Benjamin Stambouli’s exit raises a major question about Tottenham

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Benjamin Stambouli has left Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur for Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Over the years, many players have struggled at Tottenham Hotspur and have left for clubs of a smaller pedigree.

However, earlier this week, a player who seemingly failed at White Hart Lane moved to a team which could potentially win the Champions League next season.

After just one season at Spurs, Benjamin Stambouli has joined Paris Saint-Germain for what BBC Sport claims to be a £6 million transfer fee.

It is clear to one and all that this is a step up for the 24-year-old, especially as he failed to make a huge impact at the North London outfit during the 2014-15 campaign.

The former France Under-21 international defensive midfielder could make just 12 appearances for Spurs last season after joining from French club Montpellier.

Stambouli did not get enough playing time under Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, but even then he could get a move to Ligue 1 champions PSG, who will be playing in and aiming to win the Champions League next season.

Many will claim that the Frenchman will have to fight for a place in PSG’s starting line-up and may struggle like Yohan Cabaye did following his move to the Ligue 1 giants from Newcastle United in January 2014.

While that is true, the fact that a club of PSG’s calibre came for Stambouli suggests that the midfielder was not fully utilised at Spurs, and that the Premier League outfit have lost a very good player.

PSG would not be interested in signing any Tom, Dick or Harry, and Stambouli’s departure indicates that it is not the player who was the problem – Tottenham were.

Just imagine if the Frenchman goes on to play a vital role for PSG next season and help them win Ligue 1 and the Champions League.

What excuse will Spurs have in not giving the player enough chances to show his quality in the Premier League?

The emergence of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb may have played a role in Pochettino’s decision regarding Stambouli, but they have had just one good season.

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