Tuesday Apr 04, 2017. 15:00
Schalke 04 midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has indicated that he was played in the wrong position by Tottenham Hotspur manager and coach Mauricio Pochettino.
The Algeria international has been a revelation for German Bundesliga side Schalke this season - netting seven goals in all competitions.
Bentaleb, who is 22-years-old, had joined Schalke on a season-long loan deal from English Premier League (EPL) outfit Spurs, after four years with the London-based club.
However, in February 2017, Spurs announced that they had reached an agreement with Schalke for Bentaleb transfer to be made permanent at the end of the loan period.
"Tottenham gave me the opportunity that no one gave me in France so I thank them for that," Bentaleb told DW.
"But in Tottenham I was playing in a more defensive position and I knew I could do something offensively.
“In Schalke, they put me more offensively, to create more and be more decisive for the team. That's the thing I couldn't work on in Tottenham," he added.
"When some people asked me to play more forward, it made me realize that I can do both. I added something to my game. Inside, I knew I could but nobody gave me the chance until I arrived here.”
"When I played as a number six at Tottenham they wanted that reliability in the center of the pitch, to always protect, to create the game but deeper, so I was not in the final third," he continued.
"I was creating from the back and passing the ball through the lines, but not the lines to give an assist.
"In Schalke, I'm most often in the final third and I'm trying to find those last passes or last two passes, or even try to score. That's the difference."