Why Victor Wanyama's arrival shouldn't mean the end for Nabil Bentaleb at Tottenham

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

The Kenyan will provide yet more competition in central midfield at Spurs.

Tottenham's Nabil BentalebTottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

The long-awaited announcement of Victor Wanyama’s arrival at Spurs came on Friday, leading some to suggest an exit may be on the cards for a few of the club’s fringe players.

Tom Carroll, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb were tasked with acting as back-up for Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele last season, and none of the three managed to do so with particular distinction.

Spurs’ performance levels dropped considerably when either Dier or Dembele – or heaven forbid both – were absent from the starting XI and this limited Mauricio Pochettino’s ability to rotate.

Carroll and Mason had their fair share of games but made it pretty clear that they are not up to the required standard for a team with ambitions of Premier League glory and Champions League progress.

West Ham's Mark Noble in action with Tottenham's Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll and Ben DaviesWest Ham's Mark Noble in action with Tottenham's Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll and Ben Davies

Bentaleb suffered with niggly injuries before falling out-of-favour in what was a dismal campaign after such an impressive one the year before in the 2014-15 season.

Despite this, the Algerian has by far the greatest potential of the three and should be kept on at White Hart Lane this summer.

At just 21-years of age, Bentaleb has time on his side and has shown himself to be one of the most naturally gifted technicians on Tottenham’s books.

Leicester's Marc Albrighton and Tottenham's Nabil BentalebLeicester's Marc Albrighton and Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

His defensive awareness has always been his major flaw when deployed in a deep midfield role but the emergence of Dier and the arrival of Wanyama mean Spurs are now well-equipped to field a specialised defensive midfield on most occasions.

Allowing Bentaleb the freedom to play as the more attacking of the midfield duo should showcase his best qualities and allow him to effect the game in a more telling way.

Wanyama’s arrival has provided the perfect cover for Eric Dier and Bentaleb is the perfect candidate to fill the void when Dembele is absent.

Playing alongside a naturally defensive partner will relieve responsibility on the Algerian’s shoulders and allow him to do what he does best – get on the ball and dictate the game.

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