By Harvey Byrne
Nabil Bentaleb is expected to depart from White Hart Lane this summer after being left out of Tottenham’s pre-season tour in Australia – and Spurs fans have taken to Twitter to discuss Mauricio Pochettino’s decision.
It has been reported that the Algeria international has been told to find a new club in the next fortnight alongside midfielders Clinton N’Jie and Alex Pritchard, as well as defender Federico Fazio and Spurs fans seem the most disappointed about the 21-year-old Algerian leaving.
The defensive midfielder still has four-years left on his current contract, but the youngster was limited to just 11 appearances in all competitions last season and the new signing of Victor Wanyama is expected to have made it even more difficult for Bentaleb to find a place in next season’s starting lineup.
Pochettino is looking to reshuffle his squad, as he looks to improve on the north London side’s third place finish last season, while also remaining competitive in the Champions League against Europe’s elite next season.
Here are a selection of the fans view’s about Bentaleb’s expected departure:
Bentaleb is talented but it's time for him to get minutes, I hope we loan instead of sell. Mason and Carroll also need to go
— Sluce (@Sluce23) July 23, 2016
Bentaleb 😕😤😥 https://t.co/ZJCZk1G498
— Iain (@ID_COYS) July 23, 2016
Questioning the logic in Bentaleb being allowed to leave & Carroll who couldn't even get in Swansea's team still swanning around at the club
— View From The Shelf (@ShelfHeavenHell) July 23, 2016
Fact is we would be a better team with bentaleb in it than Carroll or Mason
— Steve Belsham (@StevenBelsham) July 23, 2016
@WindyCOYS Perhaps this is crazy, but I liked Bentaleb at left back in those final games of 14/15 and could see him covering there. Shame.
— Steven Endersby (@SGEndersby) July 23, 2016
Why are Spurs getting rid of Bentaleb yet keeping Mason and Carroll? Bit bemusing to say the least
— JDF (@Joe8Farmer) July 23, 2016
@spursycob what has Bentaleb done to upset Poch mate. I'm very disappointed. I'm convinced that kid has all the tools to succeed
— Zahid H Dar (@ZHDar) July 23, 2016
Keeping Mason over Bentaleb? Why?
— henry (@hjsbaker) July 23, 2016
The 21-year-old joined the Tottenham youth academy in 2o12 at the age of 18, he broke into the Spurs senior side a year later under the management of Tim Sherwood and enjoyed a successful season during the 2014-15 campaign where he made 35 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Many Spurs fans seem despondent about the youngster leaving, but the squad won’t be left lacking with Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Wanyama all vying for places in an impressive midfield.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Spurs have lost the race to sign German attacking midfielder Andre Schurrle.