Nabil Bentaleb is another to feel the effects of Mauricio Pochettino’s wrath, with the 21-year-old currently banished to the under-21s while he looks for a new club.
Bentaleb impressed during Pochettino’s first year in charge but his frustration at losing his place last season irritated the Spurs head coach and reconciliation now seems out of reach.
He should know that if you cross Pochettino there is no way back – just ask the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Andros Townsend. Expect Bentaleb to depart from White Hart Lane before the window closes.
I wonder what Tim Sherwood makes of it? Free Super Tips think that Tottenham can still challenge for the Champions League despite the prospect of Bentaleb leaving the club.
“He is training with the under-21s. He is not with the first team because he wanted to leave,” Pochettino said.
“If he wanted to leave, he can come and see me, I say, ‘okay you can leave’, and he is waiting to try to find a place away from Tottenham.
“But there is nothing to do. We share the changing room and the restaurants all together, it is not a problem.
“The rule is very clear: if you are not part of my plans, why are you training with us? He understands very well, like any other player.”
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