Spurs have agreed a £7m fee for Belgian winger Nacer Chadli and subject to a medical he will be joining his new teammates on their tour of Hong Kong.
He had impressed several big clubs over the course of the 2012/13 season with 10 goals and 5 assists, even though he missed over a third of the year through injury.
He was easily FC Twente's best player and, had he not suffered from injury, the Dutch club may have sustained their charge for Champions League football. Indeed, Steve McClaren himself may still be in charge, rather than essentially a semi-assistant at newly demoted Queens Park Rangers.
However, the question now is whether or not Chadli can transfer his talents to the far more physically imposing Premier League.
Chadli is a winger by nature, although he can be deployed in a more central role when required. His versatility is, therefore, particularly notable as he can play right across the forward line, even though he is predominantly right footed. The young Belgian has a lethal shot on him and is perfectly capable of hitting a contender for Goal of the Season on his day. His main attributes are his quality ball control and dribbling technique. He has drawn comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo due to his powerful runs and ability to cut inside and let fly. However, his pace is not quite on the level of the Real Madrid forward. Despite this, the winger is clearly a quality individual, leading to his the suggestion by some that he would be a member of the Eredivisie XI of the season.
How will he fare in the Tottenham squad?
It was originally thought that, with the signing of Paulinho, Andre Villas-Boas would look to employ his team in his favoured 4-3-3 formation with a central trio of Moussa Dembele, Sandro and the aforementioned Brazilian. That would leave Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon on the wings with a target man yet to be decided, although Roberto Soldado has been heavily linked.
However, with the signing of Chadli it seems that the Tottenham manager has been left with no alternative but to bring in another winger, thus allowing Bale to flourish in a more central role of a 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1, although he is obviously capable of drifting over to either wing, when required. With the pace of Lennon on the right and Chadli on the left Spurs look to have formidable offensive potency, of which only several teams in the Premier league can compare to, with only Chelsea and Manchester United really being better in this sense. A real goal-scorer is certainly the final piece of the puzzle. It is surprising and somewhat concerning to many Spurs fans that a deal to sign a striker has yet to be completed with them missing out on their number one option of Christian Benteke, who signed a new contract recently.
This flexibility and depth within the Lilywhites squad is simply superb and, even if injuries are suffered there are at least two other players to step into the breach. Spurs can also call upon Gylfi Sigurdsson, Clint Dempsey and Andros Townsend on the wings, while Lewis Holtby, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Scott Parker in the centre are also available.
In summary, Nacer Chadli is exactly the kind of player that Spurs are famed for: young, skilful and with massive potential. He offers AVB a new attacking alternative, as he can score goals as well as provide assists, as noted by his goal-scoring prowess last season. The fact that he is a winger signals the Tottenham’s boss’s intent to utilise star man Gareth Bale in a floating role, in which he is most potent. All in all, the 2013/14 season looks promising for both Chadli and Spurs, the latter of which are obviously not finished just yet in the transfer market, due to the vital need for a new striker who can take advantage of Tottenham’s quality midfield.
Below is a video of Chadli for all readers to enjoy. What do you think of Spurs' new signing? Is he the man to bring silverware to White Hart Lane, or is he a £7m flop?
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