This is the same Chadli who has already scored six goals in 13 games for Spurs this season, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
By the end of the previous campaign the Belgian international had five goals and six assists from 34 matches – not a bad return for a player in his debut season but nowhere near the form he showed in his final year at FC Twente, where he netted 18 goals and provided 11 assists.
The report claims Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was desperate to bring Schneiderlin with him from St Mary’s and was willing to offer Chadli as part of the deal. But as we all know, the Frenchman stayed where he was, as did the Belgian.
It is the latest twist in what has been a funny old season for Spurs; one their fans will hope turns a corner following the latest international break.
As things turned out, both players are enjoying fine seasons exactly where they were last season, but if Spurs do make another move for the Southampton midfielder as has been suggested, do not expect Chadli to be included in the deal this time.