Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has been singing the praises of teammate Nacer Chadli.
Belgium international winger Chadli has been in brilliant form so far this season and appears to have established himself in the Spurs starting line-up.
In 17 Premier League appearances this campaign, the 25-year-old has scored seven goals and created 23 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 83% and a shot accuracy of 60%.
Signed from FC Twente in the summer of 2013, Chadli struggled to make an impact on English football last season, scoring just one goal and creating 31 chances in 24 league matches.
Things have improved dramatically this campaign, and Vertonghen is pleased to see his teammate flourishing.
“He’s a great player,” the Belgium international told Spurs TV, according to London24.com. “Last year he had some injuries, he had some hamstring issues, and I think he worked hard during the summer to come back fit.
“He’s an unbelievable player. I was so glad when he signed eventually because it took a while. But he’s a top player and I think his game against Chelsea was one of the best I’ve seen from him – and I’ve played [quite a few] games with him.
“I’m happy he can show the supporters and everyone else in Europe what he is capable of. I’m a big fan of his qualities.”
Chadli did indeed play a crucial role in Tottenham’s 5-3 victory over Chelsea at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on New Year’s Day, as stats below show.
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Chadli’s performance this season is proof that players with true quality will succeed if afforded time and patience.
The Belgian was linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in the summer, but Tottenham’s faith in the attacker has paid off.