Until his debut against Southampton in late December, not many Tottenham fans would have been able to tell you who Nabil Bentaleb was. However a change in coach from AVB to Tim Sherwood, and therefore a fresh opportunity for players to prove themselves to the new man, has paid dividends for Bentaleb. He has played in every Premier League game under Sherwood’s eye and has performed like he wants to stay there, showing maturity beyond his age and physicality that is well suited to the top flight.
Bentaleb’s performances have sparked discussions about which national team he will play for, being eligible for both France and Algeria. It has been confirmed today that the central midfielder has chosen Algeria to be his official FIFA nationality after him and his parents went to meet Mohamed Raouraoua, president of the Algerian football association.
The Algerian sport site 123algeriasport has reported that everything is official and Bentaleb could make his debut for les verts in the upcoming friendly against Slovenia. This is a rough translation of the news outlet’s report:
“Following a statement on the official website of the FAF , Nabil Bentaleb will be part of the list of players selected to play in the face Slovenia on March 5.
The president of the FAF Raouraoua today met Tottenham and handed regulatory commitment that demonstrates its commitment to play for the colors of Algeria country of his parents.
Nabil will be summoned to the next training camp of the national team on March 1 for the friendly match against Slovenia.
It will even organized a press conference in Algiers as it was done for Faouzi Ghoulam when he joined the greens.
123AlgeriaSport welcome our new player!”
Here are some highlights from his first game, at St. Mary’s last December: