Why Nabil Bentaleb is a better option for Spurs than heavily-linked Moussa Sissoko

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been linked with a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

According to Foot MercatoSpurs had made a formal approach for the France international midfielder, although the Chronicle later reported that no such offer has been received by the Magpies

Amid speculation linking Sissoko with a move to White Hart Lane, HITC Sport have analysed the statistics.

By comparing the Frenchman with Tottenham youngster Nabil Bentaleb, it is evident that he would improve the Lilywhites' chances going forward, while hindering their durability at the back.

Bentaleb made more successful passes per game than Sissoko (52.15 to 30.50) in the Premier League, while completing a greater percentage of his total attempts to find a team-mate (87% to 79%). 

However, with 1.21 key passes per game to the Algerian's 0.54, and 1.26 chances created per game to 0.62 from the Tottenham midfielder, Sissoko is far superior in terms of his creative prowess. 

Both players tallied two assists each last term, while Bentaleb held the advantage defensively, winning 1.73  - 46% of his attempted tackles - per match, compared with one - 40% success rate - per appearance for the Frenchman.

The Tottenham midfielder also proved superior with his ability to read the game, averaging 2.50 interceptions per game, compared to Sissoko's 0.85.

While Moussa Sissoko is a player capable of providing a greater attacking threat than Bentaleb, the latter is far more adept when it comes to fulfilling his defensive duties.

The Algeria international acts as a defensive shield for Spurs, breaking down opposition attacks, before recycling possession. Thus allowing his more advanced teammates to provide the creative spark. 

Ultimately, Bentaleb is the perfect man for the role Pochettino wants him to play and, at just 20 years of age, he is only going to continue improving. 

The Argentine head coach already has a player suited to the same role as Sissoko - Mousa Dembele.

The Belgium international struggled for game-time last term, forced onto the sidelines as a result of the excellent form of Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason in the centre of the park.

Rather than getting out the cheque book to bring in a similar talent, Pochettino should perhaps retain his current midfield partnership, while getting better use out of Mousa Dembele throughout the upcoming season.

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