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What will Nacer Chadli bring to Tottenham Hotspur?

Chadli recently arrived from FC Twente (©GettyImages)
Chadli recently arrived from FC Twente (©GettyImages).

The recent news that Nacer Chadli has joined Tottenham Hotspur should have all fans excited. Chadli, 24 in September, is an exciting, flexible player who can operate on either wing, as a striker, or even as a central midfielder as he does for his native Belgium. 

He also has an impressive knack for scoring goals, averaging one goal every two games for FC Twente in the Eredivise last season. Comparisons can be drawn between himself and Clint Dempsey, due to his natural goal scoring ability and flexibility to play many positions on the field. 

He is known for scoring in both group games against Tottenham in the Champions League in 2010. Whilst never having played football in England, his stamina and vision should allow him to keep up well with the English game. 

The only negative, however, is that he is injury-prone. Chadli's signing has plenty of positives for Spurs fans, givemesport.com takes a look at these.

Firstly, his signing means that Spurs have now solved a largely overlooked problem - depth on the wings. These were positions that Andre Villas-Boas struggled to fill adequately whilst Gareth Bale or the injury-prone Aaron Lennon were out last season, with central players such as Lewis Holtby, Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson being forced wide to cover them in some instances. 

The only problem is that Chadli is a naturally right footed player and tends to avoid using his left foot, so he may struggle to play as well on the left side of the pitch as he does on the right. This, however, may be quickly resolved with practice and training and would see Chadli be able to provide good cover or even start permanently on either wing.

Secondly, Chadli's signing may also answer another big question: Why haven't Spurs signed a striker yet? Many believe that this is due to Chairman Daniel Levy's inability to negotiate swiftly with other clubs and player agents, however, this may not be the case. 

Last year, we saw Gareth Bale move from the left wing to a central forward position. Does the signing of another winger mean that Bale will now become the permanent target for Spurs attack? If so, I'm sure that no supporter can create a valid argument as to why Bale shouldn't be the centre forward in Spurs' developing attack.

However, it has been recently reported by givemesport.com that Franco Baldini is currently in Valencia negotiating a transfer for Roberto Soldado.

Either way, we can be sure that Chadli's signing will allow Gareth Bale more freedom on the pitch and he should consequently bag more goals this coming season, potentially solving the striker issue. 

Last but not least, his signing brings significant relief for Spurs fans and Daniel Levy. Lately, Levy has come under heavy criticism due to his slow negotiation tactics and unwillingness to spend big on players. 

It is this slowness that has seen Spurs miss out on players such as Leandro Damiao and David Villa in recent times. 

"Atletico Madrid showed up and they did more in three days than others did in months," was a quote of Villa's reported by the Daily Mirror.

Whilst Levy's negotiating tactics have allowed Spurs to reap the highest financial benefits - such as the £33m sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid last summer - he has come under fire lately for only making one signing so far in this transfer window.

The transfer of Chadli will bring with it some much needed relief for Daniel Levy and for Spurs fans who should begin to trust that their Chairman has a master plan after all. 

Although Nacer Chadli's signing may have raised a few eyebrows, as he is not a very well known player outside of Netherlands, most Spurs fans should be excited to have him in the squad with the benefits he will bring.

His stamina and strength will allow him to adapt to the English game quickly and will bring much needed depth to the squad, allowing Gareth Bale to play a free position further forward if AVB wishes to allow him to do so.

Importantly, his signing will bring some much needed relief for Daniel Levy and Spurs fans alike, who will be glad to see that their team have finally completed another signing.

 

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