VIDEO: Chadli scores two at Benfica - Proof he has a future at Spurs?

An impressive two goal performance by Nacer Chadli in the Europa League left him as the most potent attacking midfielder at Tottenham.

Like so many of Tottenham's summer signings, Belgian Nacer Chadli has been both a disappointment and a subject of intense scrutiny via the club's supporters.

For these Spurs fans, he has been one of the weaker players to turn out for their team this season, and was nearly shipped out to Swansea on loan during the January transfer window.

But away to Portuguese giants Benfica, Chadli had arguably his most impressive game for the North Londoners playing in a more central role, with two goals in a minute.

The first was an excellent right foot shot from outside the box after a smart run, almost starting a spectacular fightback that would have seen the Premier League club into the Europa League quarter-finals.

Still just 24, and possessing the winning combination of powerful physique, quick feet and a hammer of a right foot, Chadli is still likely to mature into a better player, and Tottenham would be advised to keep hold of a man who could be significantly improved next season.

Both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood have often seemed uncertain of where to play Chadli, a mainstay of Belgium's exciting young international squad despite his seemingly poor 2013-14 season.

He has often found himself on the left wing for Spurs, a role he has struggled to adapt to in the Premier League, though the player himself would prefer to play off the striker.

His problem at Spurs is that there are several players who have been employed out wide who may be more comfortable in that central attacking midfield position, not least record signing Erik Lamela and former Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen, arguably the best of Tottenham's acquisitions.

But a look at his goals to minutes ratio shows he someone of genuine attacking contribution for Spurs, despite his criticism and limited appearances.

Lamela has 1 goal in just under 1,000 minutes of action - that's 1 goal for every 11 games/ninety minutes he has played.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored 4 goals in around 1,750 minutes, around 1 every 5 games. Eriksen has 6 goals in 1950 minutes, closer to 1 every 4 games.

But Chadli trumps them all with 5 goals in under 1,500 minutes, not far off 1 every 3 games, the best record of any Spurs midfielder.

So rather than getting rid of 'deadwood' and bringing more new players in, getting the most out of the players he has at his disposal is surely the prerogative for Sherwood, or any other possible Tottenham manager.

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