The future of Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli appears to be hanging in the balance with growing reports linking the 26 year old to a £10m move to Premier League rivals Swansea City.
During his three seasons at Tottenham Hotspur, the Belgian has divided opinion more than just about any other player at the club. Alongside a haul of 25 goals across all competitions have come a plethora of ambivalent and uninspired performances that have marred his time on the lane.
During the 2014-15 season, Chadli was arguably one of the top wingers across the Premier League as he bagged 11 goals and 5 assists across 35 appearances.
However, the Belgian struggled to establish himself in the starting eleven during Pochettino’s second term at the helm of the club, making just ten starts in 29 league appearances as he scored a disappointing three goals.
On form, Chadli is a goalscoring dynamo that could add value to just about any major team in Europe.
Despite this, Chadli’s seeming inability to deliver any significant level of consistency has laid his flaws out to bare for all to see. Pochettino has created one of England’s most competitive squads, leaving little room for mixed performers.
Powerful, handsome and with an eye for a goal, the former FC Twente player still has time on his side and plenty to offer elite football but it remains to be seen whether that will be at SW13.
So is there any truth in the deal?
Possibly. A disappointing season at the club could see the midfielder keen to improve his game time at the club, whilst Pochettino seems keen to improve the attacking options available to him as he looks to compete both domestically and in Champions League.
However, with Swansea seemingly in disarray over the attempted overtake of an American conglomerate and the real prospect that they could be embroiled in yet another relegation scrap should they fail to kick on, one would not be surprised if Nacer was reluctant to make a move to the south coast of Wales.
Many of us won’t be surprised if Chadli does part ways with the club this summer, but a few eyebrows may be raised should he choose that Swansea is the destination for him.
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Written by Joe Thomas