Nacer Chadli: another addition to the ever-growing pool of Belgian footballers in the English Premier League.
A signing similar to Christian Benteke's last season, will this relatively unknown player take the Premier League by storm? Or will he just fade away like former Spurs winger David Bentley?
With Andre Villas-Boas bringing Paulinho to White Hart Lane just a week ago, this signing could be one of the final pieces in the manager's overall plan. The former Porto manager prefers a 4-3-3 formation and Paulinho's signing has pretty much confirmed his preferred midfield line-up for the next season.
At Porto, AVB played with inverted wingers on either flanks in the form of Hulk and Varela. Next season, it is almost certain that AVB is going to start Bale on the right wing, which would allow Bale to cut-in and unleash his fierce left footed strikes. This creates a vacant spot in the line-up on the left flank.
Tottenham's current options are Aaron Lennon and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Lennon does not possess a powerful shot or the finish required to play as an inverted winger. He does not have the tinge of selfishness required to be a good goalscorer.
Coming to Sigurdsson, he scored a number of spectacular goals while at Swansea City. But he is not a natural winger and tends to drift infield during games. Loss of width removes one of Spurs' most dangerous assets: the delivery into the box.
Chadli's goalscoring prowess is not new to the Spurs' supporters, having scored in both legs of the Champions League group stage tie during 2010-11.
Looking at Chadli's time at Twente, he has scored 42 times in 138 games. A return of almost a goal every three games. Considering he is a winger, this is a very good return, and his 28 assists in the three seasons just compliment his effort.
This ability to shoot and score is just the attributes needed in an inverted winger. He might not be the best option available in the market, but he might just turn out be a masterstroke of a signing.
Chadli is also not very injury prone. His signing will provide AVB with an alternate option for Lennon and Bale. Lennon was frequently injured last season which meant Moussa Dembele started quiet a few matches on the right wing.
With Andros Townsend and Danny Rose also returning from their loan spells, Spurs will have a strong squad to contest on all fronts this season.
Let's look forward to the next season in the hope that Spurs don't fade away during the end. Nacer Chadli could play a major role in that.
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