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Belgian winger a Tottenham target?

Posted on June 07, 2013 by Guest Writer

I am always sceptical when a story begins with “Tottenham and Liverpool or Chelsea or Arsenal are battling for the signature of…..” or when an agent mentions his client being linked with a half dozen clubs across Europe, this is the case with Nacer Chadli but he is a player with similar qualities to Son Heung-min and one that might suit the requirements of this Tottenham squad. Only 23 yrs old he already has 7 full International caps with Belgium and has a couple of goals to his credit.

Chadli is a pacy two footed, predominantly wide player, he is also an incredibly prolific goalscorer with 16 goals and 5 assists in just 32 games for his club last season and career statistics of 67 goals and 40 assists in just 215 games. With his contract running down and only a further year remaining he will be available for a good price, believed to be approximately £8m and so will represent a good investment. Whilst AVB is encouraging a very fluid system with Gareth Bale able to play right across the field with devastating effect he will be looking for players to adapt and switch positions during the course of a game, and Chadli will also be fantastic cover for the widemen off either flank.

From what little I have seen of this player he seems to favour the left side position and convert goal chances with his right foot, which in contrast to Gareth Bale on the other flank could prove devastating at times, especially with the new specialist centre forward who will surely arrive. When Lennon or Bale were injured the team were often found wanting in wide areas and although the likes of Sigurdsson did well when called upon a specialist in that field would improve matters. There is the possibility that AVB is considering that he already has the cover needed in the form of Andros Townsend but only time will tell.

It is very difficult to try and second guess the actual requirements of AVB in this transfer window as the waters are a little muddied by having a player like Gareth Bale, over the course of the season he has been asked to play wide right and left as well as in the hole behind the main striker, even on the odd occasion as the furthest forward, he has at times been unplayable in each of those positions and of course there have been times when the opposition have nullified him, AVB just shifts him until he finds where to make the best use of him, because of this he will need players also able to adapt and switch as well as provide cover when the need arises.

Another proven specialist goalscorer is a must but beyond that who else and what other areas AVB will look to strengthen is difficult to judge, he has Townsend, Danny Rose and Kaboul returning to the club, Sandro will soon recover from his injury and will hopefully pick up where he left off, and let’s not forget Tottenham finished the season with just 2 defeats in the final 22 fixtures. Simply with the return of those players and with the squad having now come to terms with working with AVB there should be an automatic improvement, another quality striker and perhaps another player or maybe two to freshen things up and we should be good to go.

It is doubtful there will be huge changes in personnel for the coming season as there is a wonderful team spirit and a great mix of youth and experience, William Gallas will be released as his contract expires and quite possibly one or two others might wish to seek more regular football elsewhere, a couple of the youngsters will eventually be loaned out to gain more experience.

You would think that Tottenham might already have their main targets wrapped up or at the very least they will be negotiating hard, they are linked to so many players but as in the past most will come to nothing, as Tottenham are not in the market for the high end players, Cavani, Hulk and such like, one or two of the players discussed are likely to be possible candidates as they fall well within the Tottenham budget at this present time.

As has been said before Son is the type of player that Tottenham would benefit from and Chadli, as a full member of an exciting up and coming Belgian International team must also fall into that category. Chelsea went out and bought expensive recruits Oscar and Hazard last summer, Son and Chadli could turn out to be the Tottenham equivalent of those purchases but at a far more realistic cost.


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