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Sherwood enthused by Bentaleb bow

12 January 2014 11:41

Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood has hailed the speed at which young midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has settled into first-team action.

The 19-year-old made his professional debut in November's 3-2 win at Southampton and completed a full Premier League game in Saturday's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The Frenchman's tenacity in midfield was a key aspect of Spurs' performance and he was cruelly denied a first goal, seeing a superb curling effort bounce across the line after striking Julian Speroni's right-hand post.

Sherwood coached Bentaleb in his time in charge of Tottenham's Under-21 side before bringing him into the senior squad and is delighted to have seen him thrive.

"I think he's been great," the 44-year-old said.

"Like I said, when he came on against Southampton, I was sure about him but you never know until you put them on the stage.

"It shows that he's unfazed and, for me, his performances are growing from week to week. He's performing very, very well.

"I know Bentaleb, I know what he possesses. He trains like every day is the last day in the world and that's a great trait to have for a young kid."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
11 January 2014
Game week
21
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
White Hart Lane (London)
Attendance
36102

Goals

C. Eriksen 50'
(assist by E. Adebayor) 
1 - 0
J. Defoe 73'
(assist by A. Lennon) 
2 - 0

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18 73'
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14
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24
35
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16
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31
12
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34
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