Five ways Nacer Chadli will make Spurs a better team

Tottenham Hotspur have won the race for Nacer Chadli but how exactly will he make them a better team?

Chadli was being tracked by several top clubs around Europe but Spurs have managed to hold off the competition, coming up with a £7 million deal which looks set to create superb value for the North London side.

At just 23-years-old Spurs have got a player who is only going to develop and get stronger as he heads towards his mid to late 20s and he is a young man who can improve Spurs in several different ways.


His age is significant for two main reasons with the first being it guarantees he’ll have that drive, energy and enthusiasm which comes from younger players who have just made big moves.

The second benefit his age creates for Tottenham comes in the form that he could form the bedrock of the side over the next few seasons, creating some stability as the majority of the side goes from one transition to the next.


His ability to play at left midfield is significant for several reasons with the most obvious being the fact Gareth Bale doesn’t have to be there.

Bale had a lot of his success last season playing centrally as a number ten type striker and Chadli’s presence means Andre Villas-Boas doesn’t have to use Bale as a winger.

His position also means AVB won’t have to use central midfielders like Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson in that left midfield role next season.


Looking at his stats from Champions League appearances for FC Twente last season, he seems to have a tendency to be able to draw fouls in key areas of the pitch, 1.5 per game.

Needless to say that can be hugely beneficial for Spurs because if he can win key free kicks in and around the opponent’s penalty area, the number of chances to score from set pieces for players like Bale is going to increase.


His passing success rate last season was over 80% which is exactly what AVB will be looking for in any potential new player.

What that guarantees is that he doesn’t give the ball away too easily. That should give Tottenham a much better chance of retaining possession, building pressure over the opposition as Spurs look to break down sides next season.

European Experience

It’s that European experience, in the Champions League and Europa League which will also make him a very valuable player to Spurs because he just increases the number of calming influences within the Spurs team.

It will pay off in the Europa League and also further down the line if Tottenham can secure Champions League football next season, but combined with his experience from the Eredivisie, Spurs are getting a player already very used to pressure and expectation at the top of European football.

What do you make of the signing? What do you think is the biggest benefit?

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