Tottenham Hotspur are understood to be considering allowing Nabil Bentaleb to leave on loan.
The Algerian international midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at White Hart Lane, and Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas recently suggested on Twitter that his future at Spurs is numbered.
Injuries and competition for places limited Bentaleb to only 11 appearances last season – none in the Premier League after August – and the arrival of Victor Wanyama is only going to reduce his chances.
But the 21-year-old showed immense potential in the 2014-15 campaign as he earned a regular place in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting lineup, alongside fellow academy graduate Ryan Mason in midfield.
Therefore if Bentaleb is to leave Tottenham this summer, a loan move would give Spurs some insurance for if the youngster goes on an injury free-run and rediscovers his promise of a couple of years ago.
Portuguese outlet Record, cited by Sky Sports, claims that Benfica are in pole position to take Bentaleb on a temporary basis, which could be a brilliant loan move for the player’s footballing education.
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