It’s been three years since Gareth Bale made his then world record move to Real Madrid in 2013 and Spurs used that money, popularly known as ‘Gareth Bale Money’, to sign as many as seven players. Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela- all seven were signed from the money the Lilywhites made with the sale of the Welsh superstar and it seems that only two of them will remain at the club before the transfer window shuts.
Sky Sports are claiming that Spurs are eager to part ways with Nacer Chadli and West Brom are the Belgian’s most likely destination as it seems. The Baggies are looking to secure the signing of the 27-year-old on a season-loan as per the same report. It has been more of a silent transfer window for the Midlands club but as Tony Pulis said earlier this week, we can expect the Baggies to be quite active in the final three days and Chadli can be one of the five signings West Brom make before the transfer deadline.
In his three years at White Hart lane following his move from Twente, Chadli has been in and out of the Spurs team but rarely failed to impress when he was called upon. The Belgian appeared 119 times for the North Londoners in three seasons and a major part of that was from the bench. The return of 25 goals and 16 assists is not the worst but the 27-year-old needs to move considering the competition for places at the club.
With Chadli, West Brom will get a versatile player who can prove to be an asset to Pulis. The Belgian is predominantly a left winger but can also play his trade on the right flank, as a number ten, as a central midfielder or even as a false nine. West Brom are in a dire need for a player who can add more spark to the team’s attacking ranks and Chadli is a player who is well capable of doing exactly that.
With a frame of 6’2″, Chadli is a strong customer on the flanks and cannot be outmuscled easily. The former Twente star has a decent technique and can add goals to his game. His big physique and presence in the attacking third make him an ideal Tony Pulis player.
We saw West Brom struggling for goals last season as the Baggies managed to score just 34 goals from 38 Premier League games and they must improve on it this season. A player of Chadli’s calibre can change the whole scenario and at least 10 goals plus assists can be expected of the Belgian attacking midfielder.