Tottenham handed 'massive bonus' as Bentancur details emerge - pundit

By Kevin Phillips

8th Apr, 2022 | 1:00pm

Tottenham handed 'massive bonus' as new Rodrigo Bentancur details emerge - pundit

Rodrigo Bentancur is “shining through” at Tottenham after “finding his feet” at the club, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 24-year-old’s arrival has handed the top four hopefuls a “massive bonus.

Bentancur has started eight games from a possible ten in the Premier League since signing from Juventus in January for a reported potential fee of £21.5million.

As per FBRef, the midfielder has completed the most passes and had the most touches of any Tottenham player this season (per 90 minutes).

As quoted by The Independent (5 April), Antonio Conte has insisted the Uruguayan’s arrival has made the squad “more complete”.

Phillips hailed Bentancur’s impact since arriving at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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“He’s a top player,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“You can’t keep quality down. Sometimes it can take some time to bed into a new league before players like him shine through – but he’s certainly doing that now.

“It’s a big, big plus for Tottenham to have him finding his feet and hitting the right form at the right time in the season. The race for that fourth place is really heating up now.

“It’s a massive bonus for them and he looks a really good signing.”

The midfielder joined alongside former Juventus teammate Dejan Kulusevski – who has also impressed in his early time at the club.

Tottenham sit fourth in the Premier League, level on points with rivals Arsenal.

Bentancur, who is contracted until June 2026, has already earned 49 caps for Uruguay.

In other news, Tottenham line up offer for Championship sensation.