Benfica loan is the best way to deal with the Bentaleb problem

Tottenham Hotspur's Nabil Bentaleb, Christian Eriksen and Ryan Mason celebrate victory

Tottenham have struggled to get the Algeria international fit and on the pitch over the last six months.

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

Many sources in the media, such as the Mail are linking Tottenham Hotspur midfielder with a loan move to Portuguese giants Benfica

And it may be the best way to deal with a talented young player who needs to get regular football back under his belt.

For plenty of Spurs fans, the idea of selling Bentaleb is a bit of a rushed move, considering the Algeria international is still just 21-years-old. And yet certain sources like ESPN suggested a permanent move away from White Hart Lane was on the agenda.

There are several reasons a loan is smarter idea than a transfer. By all accounts, the midfielder had a season massively disrupted by injury last year, playing just 11 times. He started the campaign as a major option in central midfield, having arguably been the club's best midfielder the year before. Though he didn't really impress in those early matches, it was injury, and those coming in taking their chances so impressively, that left him on the periphery of the match day squad once he returned.

Tottenham Hotspur's Nabil Bentaleb, Christian Eriksen and Ryan Mason celebrate victoryTottenham Hotspur's Nabil Bentaleb, Christian Eriksen and Ryan Mason celebrate victory

But you only have to look at his performances in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons to know that there is a player of real potential there, and that to let him go would be a massive disappointment considering his status as a homegrown player. With Pochettino favouring the Dembele and Dier combination, Bentaleb is by far the most capable understudy to the Belgian in the squad but has had precious little time filling in there in a confident and tactically aware Spurs side.

Heading to Benfica wouldn't be an easy move for the player. As one of the three big teams in Portugal, the level of quality, and the fact they will be playing Champions League football next season, is nearly as high as it is at the Lane, so Bentaleb will do well to get the game time he needs.  

Southampton's James Ward-Prowse and Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb in actionSouthampton's James Ward-Prowse and Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb in action

However, if he were to get 30 games or more at such a famous club, and he domestic league would offer him a chance to build up his form once again, he would be returning to the Londoners next summer in the right frame of mind to challenge for a spot once again. Alternatively, if Spurs did want to sell they would be able to negotiate a better fee than if they sold today, considering his recent slip off the radar.

A recent Spurs video asked a number of Tottenham players who enjoyed preseason training the most, and Bentaleb's name came out top. That's the kind of attitude it would be a shame to lose.

But what do you think, are Spurs doing the right thing if they decide to loan him out, or should they be keeping him at the club this season, or selling him for good?

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