Is ex-Tottenham man Nabil Bentaleb's value about to skyrocket?

Schalke's Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb celebrates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayer Leverkusen vs Schalke 04 in Leverkusen, western Germany, on...

Tottenham Hotspur sold Nabil Bentaleb in 2017 for around £16 million.

Schalke's Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb celebrates during the German first division Bundesliga football match Bayer Leverkusen vs Schalke 04 in Leverkusen, western Germany, on...

It seems a long time ago that Nabil Bentaleb was a hot prospect at Tottenham Hotspur.

The six-foot-two Algeria international had a blend of power and technical ability which made him one of Spurs' more exciting youngsters but, despite making 46 Premier League appearances, it never really worked out and Mauricio Pochettino offloaded him to Schalke for £16 million in 2017.

Tottenham weren't wrong to sell him, because Pochettino simply had and still does have better midfield options at his disposal, but could the fee that the Lilywhites received look like peanuts in the coming years?

Nabil Bentaleb of Spurs U21 looks on during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Leicester City U21 and Tottenham Hotspurs U21 at The King Power Stadium on March 18, 2016 in...

Speaking to German publication Waz, Schalke boss Domenico Tedesco raved about the 23-year-old powerhouse on Monday and claimed that the Bundesliga side already have an ideal replacement for Leon Goretzka, who will join Bayern Munich this summer.

Todesco said: "Of the quality, Nabil would definitely be a Goretzka successor", while Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel added: "We all agree with Schalke that maybe Nabil is the best footballer in the whole team. Nabil will gradually move closer, game by game, to the performance he can bring."

Going by those comments, Bentaleb, who has scored four goals in seven Bundesliga starts during a stop-start season which has been hindered by injury and a previous falling-out with Tedesco, is clearly extremely well thought of in Gelsenkirhen and it looks like they are grooming him to be their star of the post-Goretzka era.

Daniel Levy (R) looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on October 15, 2016 in West Bromwich, England.

And if the former Tottenham man - under contract at Schalke until 2021 - lives up to the billing then surely his value is going to skyrocket in the future - especially in the modern climate of massive transfer fees.

Chairman Daniel Levy is well known for getting a bargain in regards to incomings and outgoings but, through no fault of his own, Bentaleb might just represent one deal where Spurs weren't the big winners.

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