Bentaleb set for permanent Spurs exit, clause to be triggered

Nabil Bentaleb will seal a permanent exit from Tottenham Hotspur imminently as he’s on the verge of triggering a clause in his loan deal, The Daily Mail reports.

What’s the word?

22-year-old Nabil Bentaleb is currently plying his trade with Bundesliga outfit Schalke, having secured a season-long loan deal in the summer, and Tottenham are set to offload the player permanently for a cool £15m.

Set to make his 20th appearance of the season for Schalke this weekend, when Schalke tackle FC Koln in a game that may end any slight hopes of European football next term, Bentaleb will trigger a clause in his loan deal that activates a permanent switch to the German side.

Scoring four goals for Schalke, Bentaleb was always expected to leave Spurs permanently at some point in 2017 as the Algerian is surplus to requirements in the eyes of Mauricio Pochettino- having not started a Premier League game since August 2015.

Will he be missed?

To put it bluntly, no. After impressing at youth level for Tottenham, which included scoring four goals in 14 matches for the U21 side, Bentaleb struggled to make a positive impact for the senior squad despite playing 46 Premier League matches.

Failing to net a single goal in the league, and netting just one in the League Cup during the entirety of his time with the Lilywhites, it’s clear that Bentaleb simply isn’t good enough for Spurs. However, he does seem to have found his feet in Schalke.

Whether a sale comes back to haunt Spurs remains to be seen but the Lilywhites won’t really be worried, as there was never likely to be any other outcome following the African winger’s exit last summer.