Tottenham fans respond to Shearer's criticism of Bentaleb, want him dropped

The 20-year-old has endured a bit of a hero to zero drop in status among Tottenham Hotspur fans.

The Monday after the opening weekend of a Premier League season is always a time to take stock.

For Arsenal fans, it's usually a time to despair. For West Brom and Manchester City fans this time around, it's still time to wait for their first game to end.

For Tottenham supporters, it's a mixture on this occasion. The general reception to the north London side's 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford was positive. Considering the millions Manchester United have spent this summer, to be narrowly defeated thanks to an own goal was no disaster.

But there has been frustration with the way the goal was conceded, as it exposed an all-too-familiar problem. Some have blamed Kyle Walker for being out of position, others have defended his efforts that ultimately ended in him unfortunately knocking the ball into his own net.

Opinion seems to be unanimous, though, on Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who initially erred in the build-up to Manchester United's winner.

Alan Shearer latched onto the mistake and, rather accurately, dissected the Spurs display and that of the 20-year-old midfielder in particular on Match of the Day. And his criticism has been met with widespread agreement among Tottenham fans. Here's what they've been saying in the comments section of the HITC Sport pages...

Boris Mk wrote: 'Shearer was spot on! I've been saying the same thing on this forum for well over a year. somehow I feel vindicated now since the man who scored tons of goals in the BPL agrees with me! Bentaleb should be dropped for Stoke and sent to play with the U21's. He is an absolute liabilty and offers NOTHING to the team. Can't takcle, shoot or pass : useless! and yet somehow he makes the starting line-up everytime...shocking'

Boris for PM wrote: 'Truth hurts sometimes. Bentaleb was poor yesterday and frankly we would be better off in the short to medium term with Bedner or Kramer! Just need Levy to extract the cheque book from the safe and make a sensible offer for either or both!'

Michelle wrote: 'Bentaleb is a little "full of himself" and this proved his undoing as he cannot cope with close marking when in possession. This was shown up clearly and it looks like Schneiderlin has done his homework and passed it on to MU. As he is 20 this is curable and we can all hope that he has learnt.

'BUT we still need that DCM PLAYMAKER as well as the striker. We have NEVER really replaced Carrick and Bentaleb/Mason/Alli are not that kind of player.'

Enorme Nuez wrote: 'Did no one see Bale's goal against us earlier in the week? It came from a Bentaleb mistake. He is prone these mishaps. He did it last year against ManUre when he gifted Rooney the ball with another errant pass that left them wide open. He might be full of confidence, but he needs to cut this out. He seems to have not learnt from his mistakes.'

Affa Chan wrote: 'I would rather not make too many excuses for Bentaleb, he is good and potentially great, but he makes the same type of mistakes and is unforgiving to the result. This is to be amended.'

Garry Stercz wrote: 'Shearer not to distant from the truth on this blog. Lets face it Bentaleb should not be playing in the EPL, He is a division two player if that. How many hospital balls will he play before he gets sold.'

C.O.Y.S wrote: 'Never was a fan of Benteleb when Sherwood was consistently playing him, now Poch is doing the same thing. The guy isn't consistent, struggles against the big teams, and can't score goals, why we never signed Cabaye is beyond me. We need experience in front of the defence and Benteleb and Mason are not the players we need in that position, unless Poch gets someone in there our centre backs will be under constant pressure.'

John wrote: 'Shearer is bang on. AS fans are we supposed to get behind every member in the team even when it's obvious there's some proper lemons in there. We got carved up through the middle. Our 2 CB's get laid bare every week by Bentaleb and Mason. Neither are box to box or DM. Personally I dunno what's happened to midfielders today. It used to be the engine room..not the lounge room?'

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