Stats: The major improvement in Chadli's game this season

Mauricio Pochettino has clearly told Tottenham Hotspur's Nacer Chadli to use his shooting talents more this season.

On the face of it, Nacer Chadli's stats in the opening games of this season compared to last do not appear to be remarkably different.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder struggled during his first season in the Premier League last year, after a move from FC Twente, and doubts were raised about his ability. 

However, under Mauricio Pochettino he has been much improved and regularly hit the back of the net and that is clearly as a result of the Argentine boss' approach with him.

Although Chadli's passing and dribbling statistics are marginally down on last season, Pochettino has clearly identified the Belgian's goal-scoring potential and it is paying dividends. 

Chadli only hit the back of the net once last season, but he already has four goals to his name this time around and this is evidently because he is being encouraged to shot more.

  SeasonPasses per gamePassing AccuracyChances created per gameShots per gameGoalsGoal AssistSuccessful dribbles per gameAppearancesMins Played
Nacer Chadli 2013-2014 30.9 84.9% 1.2 1.3 1 3 1 24 1453
Nacer Chadli 2014-2015 29 84.4% 1 2.3 4 1 0.5 6 460

The 25-year-old is averaging a shot more per game than he was last season and he is benefiting from his new-found goal-scoring intent.

The challenge for Chadli will now be to maintain this standard to his displays for the duration of the campaign  and continue to help his team put up a challenge for a top four spot.

Spurs are desperately hoping to get back into the Champions League, after a prolonged absence, and they will need to build on their weekend's victory against Southampton if they are to do so.

The side had gone without a win for the entirety of September, but they will be hoping that slump has been put behind them now.

Their next chance to impress will be after the international break, in two weeks' time, when they take on Manchester City. 

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