Chadli v Hazard: £7m Tottenham star matches up to £32m Chelsea sensation

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Tottenham Hotspur star compares well to Chelsea's exciting attacker, but there are still areas in which he falls short.


Nacer Chadli's impressive season saw him play a key role in defeating rivals Chelsea a week ago.

The Belgian netted a superb goal in the 5-3 win, before adding to his season tally with an FA Cup striker against Burnley earlier this week.

His performances not only show him to be a bargain at £7 million back in 2013, but illustrate how well he compares to international teammate Eden Hazard.

The Chelsea ace is rated by a recent study as the third most valuable player in the world, yet this season in the Premier League he has contributed only one more goal that Chadli.

Chadli's seven goals and four assists almost match up to Hazard's eight and four - yet importantly the Tottenham attacker has played three less Premier League games.

He has proven more clinical than Hazard, scoring with 23 per cent of his shots as opposed to Hazard's 19 per cent. Chadli also has a better crossing accuracy - 29 per cent to 18 per cent.

Hazard's overall pass accuracy is superior to Chadli however by a difference of five per cent, especially impressive as so much of his possession comes in the final third.

The Chelsea man has made an incredible 570 final third passes this season, as opposed to only 185 from Chadli. This perhaps speaks volumes about his side's dominance in matches but also about how comfortable he is on the ball.

This can have a disappointing slant however. When considering how much of the ball Hazard has in the final third of the pitch compared to Hazard, it's amazing from either perspective that only one goal separates the pair in terms of goals and assists this season.

Either the Chelsea star needs to become more clinical and decisive, or Chadli is simply proving ruthless in his approach.

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