Nacer Chadli has not had the best of starts to his Tottenham Hotspur career.
The £7million summer signing was one of a number of players brought in last summer. But while Christian Eriksen shone and Roberto Soldado was at least given regular chances despite his poor goal-return to date, more often than not Chadli had to make do with a place on the bench.
Prior to Tottenham’s Europa League quarter-final second-leg against Benfica last week, Chadli asked for patience.
In an interview with the Telegraph the 24-year-old Belgian said, “I have not shown all what I can do at Tottenham. I can do a lot more.”
And then, as if he was just waiting for a moment to ram his words home, he duly scored twice against the Portuguese league leaders.
There is still a long way to go before Chadli is a regular and effective starter for Spurs, but he is beginning to show that his transfer fee may have been money well spent; especially when you consider some of the extortionate amounts paid for players these days.
Chadli is now enjoying a sustained run in the team, and speaking to the Tottenham’s official website, he said of their recent victory over Southampton, “If there is only two seconds left to play you still have to believe because one second is enough to score a goal.
“We showed great performance and character. We have to keep going and continue to play like that, with passion, to fight for each other and we’ll be okay.”
Those are not the words of someone who has given up on making an impact at his new club. They are the battle-cry of a man who clearly believes in his ability and those of his teammates.
So perhaps those writing-off Chadli before he had the chance to prove himself should be re-thinking their initial assessment.