Wednesday, 30 November 2016
An interesting article from Rucker Haringey at Playing for 90 in which he explores the possibility of Nabil Bentaleb returning to Spurs if Eric Dier's troubles continue.
The problem with Dier is that he is playing in central defence so the midfield slot isn't yet an issue. Victor Wanyama has come in and done an excellent job but he can't play every game there and when Toby Alderweireld returns, presumably Dier will get a short rest and then resume midfield duties to give Wanyama a rest.
He just needs some game time in his midfield position to get back into the swing of things as it were, he hasn't suddenly lost his ability. There is a long way to go before the end of the season.
Nentaleb has overcome a torrid start with the press on his back to be the star man in the Schalke team playing in a central midfield role as opposed to the defensive midfield shackle he had at Spurs. We don't know if he burnt his bridges, there were a lot of rumours, which were true we will probably never know.
Pochettino revealed that Bentaleb asked him to be allowed to leave and that request was granted. There is a purchase option at the end of his season-long loan move to the Bundesliga outfit, whether Tottenham have the right to veto any purchase is a matter for the contract between the two parties that we have no access to.
The possibility may be there for him to return to Spurs, it may also be out of our hands.