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Do Tottenham need to sign another winger?

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Nacer Chadli has been linked with Spurs. (©GettyImages)
Nacer Chadli has been linked with Spurs. (©GettyImages).

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly chasing the signature of FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli. 

Last season an injury to Aaron Lennon, highlighted the lack of width available to the Spurs at one point but do they require another winger at White Hart Lane? 

Tottenham possess a plethora of attacking options in the form of wingers and attacking midfielders in their line-up. Even though their most desperate need is that of a striker, some quarters had raised the need for a winger to provide competition as well as cover. 

FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli was one of the players linked with the club to fill the void. Twente officials have confirmed Swansea City's attempts to prize him away from Netherlands recently while Tottenham and Liverpool are the other interested parties in his services.

Realistically, the attacking midfielder/winger area seems to be covered pretty well at White Hart Lane. It's almost impossible to look past Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale for the wing roles in any team. 

The shift of Bale to a more central role has opened up a slot on the left, however. Last season the contest was between Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson, barring occasional appearances from winter recruit Lewis Holtby. They all bring a different aspect to traditional wing play either in the form of an inverted winger or as an attacking midfielder. 

Their ability to drift inwards to take shots had increased the attacking threat of Tottenham as well.

Return of loanees Andros Townsend and Danny Rose provides further options in the wings. Townsend, who is equally capable of playing on both sides of the wing, had a successful six-month loan spell at Loftus Road last season. 

He was QPR's brightest talent in second half, and is certainly a worthy candidate and contender for the wing roles at White Hart Lane. 

Danny Rose who enjoyed a wonderful year as a left-back at Sunderland had started his career as a left winger. Rose will also fancy his chances on the left wing spot vacated by Bale, if he fails to earn himself a starting spot at left back.

Tottenham's creative midfielder, Moussa Dembele had also occupied the role of a winger/wing forward earlier in his career. 

With the addition of Paulinho to their ranks, Spurs might be expecting him again in this role on some occasions, unless they are poised for a tactical revamp from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3.

The options for the two slots are numerous at White Hart Lane, but do they need another winger/attacking midfielder to provide cover and competition when players like Alex Pritchard are emerging from the academy?

The player linked to White Hart Lane, Nacer Chadli has just one year remaining on his contract. 

The 22-year-old winger, who has represented Morocco and Belgium has close to 50 goals in his short career so far. 

As he is seen as an exciting prospect the chances of securing him on the cheap is out of the equation. The competition from Swansea and Liverpool further intensifies the competition, when Spurs primary target is acquiring a striker and can not afford to splash the cash.

With a plethora of options available at their disposal, Andre Villas-Boas should forget about Chadli, unless he becomes available on the cheap.


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