29th August 2016. By Edward Stratmann.

After enjoying a breakout season in 2014/2015, where he became an integral member of Mauricio Pochettino's fierce Tottenham Hotspur side, Nabil Bentaleb's fall down Pochettino's pecking order last campaign was as rapid as his initial rise to prominence.

Starting 25 matches in 2014/2015, the Algerian international looked set for and long and fruitful career Nabil Bentaleb Joins Schalke From Spurswith Spurs, with his stirring performances even earning him a bumper five-year contract at the club. But due to a numbers of factors, including injury, a downturn in form, the emergence of Eric Dier and what's been described as a questionable attitude, the this deal for around six weeks. He is an aggressive, ball-winning midfielder and an extremely useful addition for Markus Weinzierl to have in the squad" explained Heidel.

Bentaleb himself was equally excited about his move to the Blues, saying: "I am really looking forward to this new challenge at Schalke and getting to know the fans."

necessary interventions is another endearing component of his armoury.

His numbers back up his stopping capabilities suitably too, for in his formidable 2014/15 EPL crusade he averaged a commendable 2.3 tackles per game, 2.5 interceptions pg and 1.9 clearances pg.

Although he might take some time adjusting to life in Germany and a new league, Bentaleb's multifaceted skillset should hold him in good stead to be a success story with Schalke. With him being so accustomed to operating within Pochettino's dynamic, high octane philosophy, this should importantly mean he'll adapt reasonably smoothly to Markus Weinzierl's similarly energetic tactical strategy.

In the case of Bentaleb, Tottenham's loss is certainly Schalke's gain.

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