The former Tottenham Hotspur player has not enjoyed the best of starts to life in Germany.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy may have a wry smile if he casts his eye over German newspaper Bild this week.
After all, the publication has branded midfielder Nabil Bentaleb one of the flops of Schalke’s season, just months after he completed his permanent transfer from White Hart Lane to the Bundesliga.
Bentaleb initially signed for Schalke on loan after being deemed surplus to requirements by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, and after a shaky start he discovered his scoring form, netting four goals in four matches between 15 October and 6 November.
The problem is, he could not maintain that form and he has scored just one more league goal all season, managing a total of seven goals and five assists in 42 appearances to date.
That disappointing return, along with a string of below-par performances, has seen the former Tottenham man criticised yet again, and while there was a brief time when some Spurs fans were calling for his return, it seems Levy and Pochettino ultimately made the right call.
Tottenham have plenty of quality midfield options and getting a significant transfer fee for Bentaleb was far more important than keeping him on the payroll only to watch him stagnate.
At 22 he still has plenty of time to improve, but being branded a flop in your first season at a new club is a label that can be hard to shake.
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