Sherwood hails Tottenham debutant Bentaleb

The 44-year-old coach was delighted with the youngster's impact against Southampton, but admitted the 19-year-old may need to leave White Hart Lane for regular first-team football
Interim Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood had "no hesitation" in bringing teenager Nabil Bentaleb on in his side's 3-2 win at Southampton.

France Under-19 international Bentaleb made his Premier League debut when he replaced the injured Moussa Dembele shortly after half-time at St Mary's Stadium on Sunday.

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Bentaleb impressed for the north Londoners, but his precocious performance came as no surprise to Sherwood - who worked with the former Lille youngster in his previous role as a youth coach at White Hart Lane.

However, the 44-year-old went on to indicate that Bentaleb may need to leave Tottenham on loan in order to further his development.

"There's a lot of these new players I don't even know, I've had three days training with them," said Sherwood.

"It's about knowing in the heat of battle, I need to know who I'm going to trust.

"I had no hesitation [in putting Bentaleb on]. The kid is ready to play, whether he goes out on loan somewhere or plays for Tottenham.

"There's a lot of players in the way for him here, that's the problem with playing at a big club.

"I wouldn't hesitate putting him in and I don't think he let anyone down. He was quick and cool, I knew what I was going to get - I was confident putting him on.

"I knew he wouldn't be fazed, not only his attitude, I mean he trains like every day is his last in the world. And he listens and he has got a fantastic attitude."