Tottenham Hotspur have apparently moved on from Brazilians to Belgians in their pursuit of new players this summer. After weeks of being linked with Leandro Damiao, Bernard and Paulinho, they have captured the latter and now switched their attention to Christian Benteke and Nacer Chadli.
Whilst Benteke is well known to Premier League fans, Chadli, who plays for Dutch side FC Twente, is more of an enigma.
The 23-year-old is a tall winger capable of playing on both flanks, although he predominantly plays on the left side. Last season Chadli scored 12 times in 26 Eredivisie appearances, and added six more in ten games in the Europa League including the qualifying rounds.
Chadli has 14 caps for Belgium, scoring twice for his country, and is no doubt well known to current Spurs’ stars Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen.
After being left shot of wide options when Aaron Lennon succumbed to injury last season, Spurs are keen to add some depth to their flanks this summer, and Chadli could prove a canny purchase at around €8million as he has only one year left to run on his contract at Twente.
With Andre Villas-Boas likely to use either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 system next season, Chadli could add some extra goal threat to the team, and provide competition for Lennon.
At 23, Chadli fits the profile of young, talented players Spurs have focussed on bringing in under Villas-Boas, and standing 6ft 2in tall, he has the physical prowess to be a success in the Premier League.
It will be another Belgian that Spurs fans will be hoping to see most arrive at White Hart Lane this summer, with Benteke becoming their primary striker target after missing out on David Villa, but the addition of Chadli could prove to be an excellent purchase, with the 23-year-old ticking almost every box in what their side should be looking for this summer.
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