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Former Player Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'General Football' started by AuroRaman, 14 Mar 2014.

  1. bjholmem

    bjholmem Jamie Redknapp

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    Palacios was an immense player on his day. Such a shame that his brother got kidnapped and later killed, he never quite came back to the same level after that. If we could have built the team around him as our DM, I think we could have seen even better results in the subsequent seasons.
     
  2. Jordinho

    Jordinho Clive Allen Staff Member

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  3. nayenezgani

    nayenezgani Ruel Fox

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    Pick that out!
     
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  4. Lakey

    Lakey Radek Cerny

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    who knew he had a twin!
     
  5. nayenezgani

    nayenezgani Ruel Fox

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    From Reddit. Huge respect to Andros.
     
  6. nayimfromthehalfwayline

    nayimfromthehalfwayline Les Ferdinand

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    Fair play to him.

    I dont think he is good enough to be here, I do think its right he moved on, but that doesnt mean there needs to be any animosity does it?

    Its really quite lovely he has maintained a respectful perspective.
     
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  7. SteveAWOL

    SteveAWOL Pat van den Hauwe

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    Aldo Gheorge Popescu

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    An official product with a massive typo on the front. I’m amazed Levy survived beyond 2012.
     
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  9. SteveAWOL

    SteveAWOL Pat van den Hauwe

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  10. LemonadeMoney

    LemonadeMoney Frederic Kanoute

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    You've got all the morons hurling abuse at you to look forward to Martin.
     
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  11. Glenda's Legs

    Glenda's Legs Justin Edinburgh

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    Mature words from Bentaleb.
    Still feels a shame that it didn't work out for him with us.



    Schalke’s Nabil Bentaleb: ‘I would be a hypocrite to say that I would not like to be at Tottenham’

    Remember back to the first season of the Mauricio Pochettino era at Tottenham Hotspur. Pochettino had to decide which of these players would be part of his future, and who would not. Emmanuel Adebayor, Paulinho, Aaron Lennon and Etienne Capoue were swiftly moved to one side, while a new generation took over. Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose are still part of the Spurs team. But one of the most promising 20-year-olds of that side is now far away from north London.

    Nabil Bentaleb was once the future of Spurs’ midfield but is now playing in Germany for Schalke 04. He has shone there and this week he will face Emirates Marketing Project – including former Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker – in the Champions League last-16 in Gelsenkirchen.
    “It will be an unbelievable game for us to play,” Bentaleb tells The Independent. “I am not living in a dream world, I know it is going to be very tough, We know that they are much better than us on paper. But we are there to perform and at the end of the day, in football anything can happen.”

    Bentaleb had been an important player in that first Pochettino season, building on the trust that Tim Sherwood showed in him, starting 25 Premier League games and forming a promising midfielder partnership when Ryan Mason. They were both frequently preferred to Mousa Dembele, who had not fully convinced Spurs of his reliability yet.
    “Pochettino was one of the first ones who always believed in me,” Bentaleb looks back. “There were some players the club bought but he put me, a 19-year-old boy, in to play every game. He put a lot of trust in me.”
    At that point it felt as if Bentaleb would be a fixture in the Spurs team for years to come, especially after he signed an improved contract in July 2015 to stave off interest from Liverpool.

    But in Pochettino’s second season, Bentaleb lost his way. One ankle injury sustained in September kept him out for almost three months and by the time he got back, Dembele, Dier and new boy Dele Alli had taken over in midfield. Bentaleb was so desperate to get back into the team it had a bad impact on his attitude, and he found it hard to force his way back into his contention. He only made two league starts all season, both in August. He was loaned to Schalke in the summer and sold the following year.

    Bentaleb now regrets his behaviour over that difficult season. “I was young and when I came back from injuries, I wanted to play,” he says. “I was so hungry to play straight away, and so frustrated when I didn’t play. I know that the coach was just doing this to protect me.”
    When Bentaleb returned from ankle injury and could not get back in the team, things came to a head. “I got injured and when I came back, I wanted to play so bad that I had some arguments [with Pochettino]. I was a little bit frustrated, and I was learning basically. Being on the bench is a learning curve.”

    Looking back now, Bentaleb accepts that he should have been more patient that year, that he should have understood Pochettino’s decisions. But he is not punishing himself with his regrets. “I know I made mistakes. But they helped me learn, as a man. And they don’t stop me from sleeping at night. And if I was 24 right now, and I had been at Tottenham, I don’t think I would make the same mistakes.”

    So there is no sense of any bitterness towards Pochettino and his staff. In fact, Bentaleb speaks very warmly about the man who sold him. Just a few weeks about Bentaleb got in touch with Pochettino to catch up. “We spoke to each other for a bit, it was really nice,” he says.

    “I knew he wanted the best for me. I respect him for sure, I have no problem with him. My desire to play was too much, and after that I was swerving away. Now, a couple of years later, I know why. I have a bit more maturity, I understand now. I understand what was best for me. And it was good for me, when I look back at it.”

    Bentaleb still watches Spurs games and cheers them on. He is full of praise for the job that Pochettino has continued to do, saying that they have had an “unbelievable development”, starting from the steps they made when he was still there. Given how well Spurs have done, Bentaleb admits there is part of him that wishes he was still there. “I would be a hypocrite to say that I would not like to be there, and I am not a hypocrite. But this is football.”

    Even if it ended prematurely, that spell at Spurs was still crucial in making Bentaleb the player he now is. “England gave me the chance. Where I am from, in France, no-one gave that to me. So I am forever grateful to Tottenham, the whole club, the administration. They gave me an opportunity to make my dream, to realise my dream. I grew up from 16 in England, and I left at 20. I spent a lot of time there, made lots of friends. I love that country, I love the football over there.”
     
  12. Grays_1890

    Grays_1890 Jonathan Woodgate

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    Great interview and goes to show that we don't know anything really
     
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  13. nayenezgani

    nayenezgani Ruel Fox

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    Would people have Bentaleb back? Don't know how he's got on in Germany, but he had plenty of potential, IMO. Squad option? No real settling required.

    He's only 24 too.
     
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  14. Robbo

    Robbo Paul Stalteri

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    I don't know if he's what we need - but he did well back then, and if he's matured and fits in Poch's plans, I wouldn't be against it.
     
  15. parklane1

    parklane1 Luka Modric

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    Was never his biggest fan to be honest, but he deserves credit for what he has said there.
     
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  16. Craig_J

    Craig_J Niko Kranjcar

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    It's also beautiful that Poch still stays in touch with Bentelab, especially considering the relatively brief time they worked together.
     
  17. Daisuk

    Daisuk Nick Barmby

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    Tapping him up? :p
     
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  18. Grays_1890

    Grays_1890 Jonathan Woodgate

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    I asked myself the same and I would if his injuries were clear. Apparently he has had some time out at Schalke
     
  19. nayimfromthehalfwayline

    nayimfromthehalfwayline Les Ferdinand

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    Thought Bentaleb was very.... Bentaleb, last night.

    Obvious quality and class at times, no question of his ability, and yet failed to really stamp himself on the game. Just kind of went with the flow.

    There is a lot there to work with for Poch ability wise, but given that Bentaleb doesnt appear to have developed much in now 3-5 years, could we expect him to suddenly come on leaps and bounds?

    I wouldnt write it off completely, Poch is a magician, but Im not sure Id back it as particularly likely.
     
  20. parklane1

    parklane1 Luka Modric

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    Who knows, but i would really be surprised if we ever saw him in a Spurs shirt again.
     
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