Nacer Chadli wants to impress during his second season at Tottenham Hotspur after being handed a chance by Mauricio Pochettino.
Nacer Chadli says that he is determined to take the chance that has been handed to him by new Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Belgian midfielder had been linked with a move from the club this summer, after a disappointing season in his first campaign in England.
However, Pochettino appears to have offered him a reprieve and after scoring two goals in Spurs’s 4-0 win over QPR on Sunday, in his first start of the season, the powerful winger is determined to prove his worth.
“I came back from the World Cup and nobody said I had to go,” he said. “I want to take my chance, I don’t want to rush and go like this, I want to show people what I can do.
You have to go forward and now it’s a new chance for everybody.”
It is still early days during Pochettino’s reign, but the initial signs have been encouraging that the Argentine could have a positive impact at White Hart Lane.
Spurs remain unbeaten after their first two games and have shown different qualities in both.
In their first match they relied on their fighting spirit to edge past West Ham United with ten men, before they highlighted their class with the dismantling of QPR.
And Chadli feels that the new style that Pochettino has introduced is already getting the best out of himself and his teammates.
He said: “[Our style] is very different and I have never played this system before. But we have to learn it and it can help us improve. I think it’s a good system.
“We have Ade [Adebayor] at the top and then behind him we have me, Christian [Eriksen] and Erik [Lamela], who can change positions all the time… I think it’s good for me.”
Chadli will have his next chance to impress in the Premier League on Sunday against Liverpool.
Spurs play host to the Reds at the weekend and it will be a chance for them to show how far they have progressed in a short space of time.
Last season, Brendan Rodgers’s men breezed past Spurs 5-0 in-front of their own fans and they will be hoping to make amends for that this time around.