What does the future hold for Tottenham Hotspur talent Nabil Bentaleb?

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

The Algerian has a battle on his hands getting back in the first-team.

This summer saw a long and arduous affair over the contract and subsequent long-term future of Nabil Bentaleb finally come to a close with the Algerian signing a five-year deal to remain with Spurs in July.

The youngster had emerged as a major player in the Tottenham first-team in 2014 and he is now considered one of the top young talents in the Premier League.

But what does the future hold for the Algerian international when he makes his comeback for Spurs?

At the moment Bentaleb is out of action with an ankle problem but is set to return this weekend. His return is timely, with Eric Dier suspended. The latter has been arguably Tottenham's best player so far this season in a defensive midfield role - leaving Bentaleb with a fight on his hands to get back into the midfield. With Dele Alli shining and Christian Eriksen a guaranteed starter there is little doubt that Bentaleb is under the cosh. Ryan Mason, who is also injured, will be a threat to his first-team credentials as well. He was in great form prior to his injury - which came scoring the winning goal against Sunderland.

Bentaleb may be a future star but his place in the Tottenham starting XI is now more under threat than it has been since he first broke into the team. If he doesn't come firing out the blocks upon his return to action, then Bentaleb could be watching on from the sidelines.

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