Tottenham had high hopes for Benjamin Stambouli in 2014.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has struck gold with a few of his signings since taking over at the club, with Dele Alli and Eric Dier all-time bargains.
He has hod some dodgy ones too, Moussa Sissoko, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, and most confusing of all, Benjamin Stambouli.
The Frenchman signed from Montpellier in 2014 as a cheap alternative to Morgan Schneiderlin and failed to hold down a place in Tottenham’s XI.
He made only 12 appearances before Tottenham somehow managed to sell him to PSG.
Predictably he fared poorly there before being sold to Schalke after just one season.
He is in his second year with the Bundesliga side and he is finally beginning to come good.
His first season with Schalke was disappointing, where he made 15 starts across the whole season.
This year he has made 15 starts already and has provided two assists, and his performances are winning praise in Germany.
Perhaps at Tottenham with a bit of patience he could too have settled and become an asset to Pochettino’s side.
Whether he was ever cut out to be successful at White Hart Lane or not is debatable, but the stability he now has at Schalke for the first time since leaving Montpellier appears to be key to his success.