'He's changed': Tottenham fans debate whether they should re-sign Nabil Bentaleb

Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino during the UEFA Champions League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund at Wembley Stadium, London on Wednesday...

Nabil Bentaleb left the Premier League and Spurs in the summer of 2016, joining Bundesliga outfit Schalke.

Nabil Bentaleb of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Capital One Cup Quarter-Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at White Hart Lane on...

Fair play to Nabil Bentaleb.

The Algerian international could have been full of malice for Mauricio Pochettino after being frozen out at Tottenham Hotspur and sold to Schalke in the summer of 2016.

Instead, however, Bentaleb has shown a refreshing self-awareness in an interview with The Independent, admitting that he made mistakes and would be more than happy to work under Pochettino again in the future.

“I got injured and when I came back, I wanted to play so bad that I had some arguments [with Pochettino]. I know I made mistakes. But they helped me learn, as a man,” Bentaleb said.

“If I was 24 right now, and I had been at Tottenham, I don’t think I would make the same mistakes. I would be a hypocrite to say that I would not like to be there, and I am not a hypocrite.”

Nabil Bentaleb of FC Schalke 04 celebrates victory after the Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and FC Schalke 04 at Mercedes-Benz Arena on December 22, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Lille-born midfielder looked set to be a fixture in Tottenham’s midfield for many years, particularly alongside Ryan Mason, after establishing himself as a key player in the centre of the park during the 2014/15 season.

Though it is a credit to Bentaleb’s attitude that he has got his head down at Schalke and rebuilt his reputation, taking on a leadership role during his time at the Veltins Arena and adding goals to his game from midfield.

But would Tottenham fans take him back in the post-Mousa Dembele era? Bentaleb’s honest comments have certainly got supporters thinking about a potential return to North London.

Maybe he is worth a second chance, one that he’d probably grab with both hands.

Nabil Bentaleb of FC Schalke 04 celebrates scoring his side's first goal from the penalty spot during the DFB Cup match between 1. FC Koeln and FC Schalke 04 at RheinEnergieStadion on...

 

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