Why selling Nabil Bentaleb could be a decision Tottenham come to regret

Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

The academy product could be on his way out of White Hart Lane.

Tottenham's Nabil BentalebTottenham's Nabil Bentaleb

Recent reports, by the likes of the Mirror, have linked Nabil Bentaleb with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer and it might well prove to be a decision Spurs regret.

The 21-year old wasn’t included in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for their upcoming International Champions Cup fixtures in Australia, prompting speculation over his future.

The cause of his absence isn’t confirmed but the Mirror’s report claims that he  - along with Clinton Njie, Alex Pritchard and Federico Fazio - has been instructed to facilitate a move away over the next two weeks.

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

Bentaleb endured a difficult season last term - appearing just nine times amid fitness concerns and rumoured issues with Pochettino - but he excelled in the previous campaign and still possesses huge potential.

The Algeria international burst onto the scene under Tim Sherwood but fully established himself once Pochettino took the reins and became a first-team mainstay in the Argentine’s debut season.

At the tender age of 20, Bentaleb looked assured in the heart of midfield in huge Premier League clashes and excitement grew over Tottenham’s newly discovered gem.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

A combination of fitness concerns, the emergence of Eric Dier and the renaissance of Mousa Dembele has meant the midfielder has slipped down the pecking order but he nevertheless remains a real talent.

Technically he is one of the most naturally gifted players at the club and he has shown glimpses of what he could do in a more advanced position.

Dier’s arrival – along with the signing of Victor Wanyama – means Spurs are now well stocked for the defensive member of the ‘two’ in midfield.

Playing alongside a natural holding midfielder would reduce the defensive responsibility on Bentaleb’s shoulders and allow him to express his creative talents more freely than he could when partned with Ryan Mason.

Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb in action with AC Milan's Nigel de JongTottenham's Nabil Bentaleb in action with Nigel de Jong

He is the ideal cover for Mousa Dembele in that role and possesses far more natural talent and potential than both Tom Carroll and Mason - who will fill the void should he depart.

The only possible explanation for Bentaleb’s sale would be an irreparable fallout of some sort with Pochettino and it would be a mighty shame if that is the case.

The Spurs boss has well and truly done enough to earn the trust of the fans however, and if he feels that the talented Algerian isn’t fully on board with the Tottenham project; then his decision should be backed.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch