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West Brom Outcast Has New Suitors In Ligue 1: Right Move To Make For All Parties Involved?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

After a forgettable season in the Premier League, West Brom will want to attain promotion as quickly as possible. Darren Moore has a lot of work to do on the squad at the Hawthorns and is looking to add players to the squad, who can help them rule the Championship next season.

However, the Baggies will also have to lose some of their baggage, to reduce the wage burden on the club and one such player, who is extensively linked with an exit is Nacer Chadli.

The Belgian international, who was integral to his side’s run in the World Cup semi-final this year, Chadli first moved to England with Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. Arriving in the country with the reputation of being a versatile winger, the 28-year old only managed to show consistency in his second season at the club.

However, he failed to show enough progress for Spurs to hold on to him beyond 2016 as West Brom came calling. The Baggies hoped that Chadli and his ability to play in multiple roles will help add some depth to the squad. He made 27 league starts in his first season at the Hawthorns, registering five goals and five assists, but failed to repeat that feat last season.

The Belgian was offered just two league starts all season, as he registered just a goal, leaving West Brom struggling at the bottom of the points table. He is a technically gifted player, with great close control and quick feet. He is a decent passer and is adept at creating chances in the final third while his ability to dribble past opponents on the flank and put in crosses, makes him all the more dangerous.

He is now an experienced international and is a huge coup for any side in Europe. And reports now claim that French giants Lyon are keeping tabs on Chadli ahead of a move this summer. Their rivals Marseille have also registered an interest in the 28-year old but should Moore and West Brom let him go?

At 28, Chadli is an experienced campaigner, who can make life easier for West Brom in the Championship. However, it is unlikely that the player will be happy playing in the Championship. His outings for Belgium showed that he still has it but West Brom can afford to sell Chadli and spend the money on rebuilding their squad.

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It reduces the wage burden on the club and gives Darren Moore a chance to sign players who fit into his system better than the former Twente man.

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