BBC pundit: Watching this laboured Spurs star is really frustrating

Nacer Chadli

Tottenham Hotspur’s Nacer Chadli was too relaxed for BBC pundit Steve Claridge.

Former Football League striker Steve Claridge believes Tottenham Hotspur’s Nacer Chadli needs to contribute more after cutting a peripheral figure on Saturday, the BBC report.

The Belgium international star was selected ahead of subs Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele as Spurs travelled to West London to take on Queens Park Rangers.

It was a solid away performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, Harry Kane striking a double as the visitors claimed a 2-1 victory and an all-important three points.

But for much of the contest Chadli looked hesitant and laboured, prompting Claridge to question the winger’s appetite and desire to contribute.

"Anyone seen Nacer Chadli play? Does he give you the impression he has got a little bit left in the tank every time he plays? So far he has been so peripheral it is beyond belief,” Claridge explained.

“There is no real bite or appetite to his game. He is flitting in and out. Just watching him is really frustrating."

  ShotsKey PassesTake-onsTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Nacer Chadli 0 1 2 46 31 4 79

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Chadli had a quiet game and there was no real surprise to see his number come up to be substituted with just over ten minutes remaining.

He didn’t register any attempts on goal of note, made just one key pass, two successful dribbles and recorded a mere 31 accurate passes – among his team’s lowest tallies throughout the afternoon.

One area which he did contribute well, however, was his ability to pick up the second balls and help defend from the front, demonstrated by his four ball recoveries.

With options in the attacking positions available to boss Pochettino, Chadli knows he has to make an impression to keep his place in the team and work-rate is a key factor in the Argentine’s selection process.

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