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Sherwood hails Bentaleb impact at Tottenham

The 19-year-old made his debut in November and completed a full 90 minutes for the first time against Crystal Palace, with the new boss delighted with his first-team transition.

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has hailed the speed at which young midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has settled into first-team action.

The 19-year-old made his professional debut in November's 3-2 win at Southampton and completed a full Premier League game for the first time in Saturday's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

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The Frenchman was cruelly denied a first goal, seeing a superb curling effort bounce across the line after striking Julian Speroni's right-hand post.

Sherwood coached Bentaleb in his time in charge of Tottenham's Under-21 side before bringing him into the senior squad and is delighted to have seen him thrive.

"I think he's been great," Sherwood told reporters. "Like I said, when he came on against Southampton, I was sure about him but you never know until you put them on the stage. It shows that he's unfazed and, for me, his performances are growing from week to week. He's performing very, very well.

"I know Bentaleb, I know what he possesses. He trains like every day is the last day in the world and that's a great trait to have for a young kid."

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