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Nacer Chadli: Injury free season is key

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Nacer Chadli is set to join Tottenham Hotspur in Hong Kong for the Barclays Asia Trophy. 

The winger/attacking midfielder was a resounding success at FC Twente in the Eredivisie. He rejected options to join Fulham and Swansea earlier in the window, making clear his ambitions.

The Belgian, who was keen to run down his contract in order to secure a move which he wanted, opted to join the Lilywhites ranks this summer. Even though both the clubs have agreed a £7 million deal, the move isn't completed yet as he still has to complete a medical and agree personal terms.

Chadli was the star who carried the Dutch side's expectations on his shoulders over the last few seasons. His versatility and goal scoring ability will be a great addition to the Tottenham ranks. 

He is set to provide competition and cover for the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Clint Dempsey, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lewis Holtby. Some quarters have even plotted the exit of Dempsey to make way for him.

With the tactical change from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 deployed at White Hart Lane, Chadli will have a huge role to play for Tottenham.With his technical and goal scoring abilities, Chadli will be expected to stake claims for Lennon's spot in the team, even if Bale remains untouchable.

The main hindrance coming in his way will be his injury prone nature. Belgium coach Marc Wilmots, considers him as an automatic starter whenever fit.

The question marks remain over his fitness. Especially because he had a hamstring injury which occurred first in August 12, that came back to haunt him again towards the end of January 13.

In between, he was sidelined for a few weeks by an ankle/foot injury as well.

Even during an injury marred season, Chadli scored 18 goals from the wings in 32 starts plus six substitute appearances. If this is what he is capable of, imagine a situation where he remains injury free.

The Tottenham faithful will be hoping that Chadli has overcome the injury scare. If he hasn't, it is going to raise some eyebrows for sure. With his talent and potential, a quality player is there in the making, but we have seen many players fail to reach their potential.

Is there a remote chance of him failing the medical? Was it a smart piece of business by Daniel Levy and co?

 

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