Spurs fans leap to Nacer Chadli's defence after 'embarrassing' Steve Claridge criticism

Tottenham Hotspur supporters have been quick to defend the Belgian after he was questioned by the BBC Pundit.

Nacer Chadli has been the recipient of a bit of criticism lately.

The Tottenham winger was first slammed by Jamie Carragher for the 'stupid' free-kick he gave away during the Capital One Cup final. Those comments were perhaps fair: Chadli was in the wrong during that isolated incident.

But BBC pundit Steve Claridge recently delivered a more general of assessment of the 25-year-old Spurs star after the north London side's 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers - and he wasn't impressed.

It is with those comments, however, that Tottenham fans have taken issue, leaping to the winger's defence...

 End of 2014 Goals (per game)AssistsChances CreatedDribblesAccurate CrosesAppearancesMinutes Played
Nacer Chadli 0.41 0.24 1.35 1 0.35 17 1,226
 2015 Goals (per game)AssistsChances CreatedDribblesAccurate CrosesAppearancesMinutes Played
Nacer Chadli 0.22 0.22 1.33 1 0.22 9 499

Indeed, as Opta stats show, Chadli has statistically tailed off somewhat since the New Year - but not by any great deal.

The Belgian averages less goals per game and less accurate crosses - yet his chance creation is only marginally smaller.

All in all, the Spurs winger is still a valuable member of Mauricio Pochettino's side. And, when your other wide men are the likes of Andros Townsend, Erik Lamela and co, you know Chadli will be one of your more reliable options.

As such, Tottenham fans took to HITC Sport over the weekend to defend the 25-year-old in light of Claridge's criticism. Many felt the BBC pundit was well wide of the mark, while he also hadn't taken into account the personal nature of Chadli's situation...

S_P wrote: 'Alas, Nacer has only had a few games back since leaving the squad to travel home to Belgium to bury his father. Surely Steve Claridge is aware of this. His probably lost match-fitness that he now has to get back, and I'm sure it is a mental struggle to get mentally right to play. That notwithstanding, he did score a pretty good goal in midweek, against Swansea.'

Mark Langton wrote: 'That's the trouble with over paid pundits, they should do their homework before opening their mouth and embarrassing themselves, Chadli has scored 9 goals from midfield and we still have 10 games to go, only played 22 games as well, that is a terrific goal tally for a player who has a relaxed playing style and who's Father has just died.'

Cornish Sailor wrote: 'Chadli has really impressed me this season after his slow start last season.

'Having said that I did think he was quiet against QPR, but you cannot expect a stellar performance from everyone in every game.'

Moussa wrote: 'Chadli is class. his touch, control, strength, finishing and link up with eriksen and kane is missed whenever we play without him. Mo po knows this, which is why he's getting the starts over dembele.'

John Peddubriwny wrote: 'Like Lamela, he has played on both wings as well as being drafted in as an emergency No9. I was just thinking that if Harry Kane was unavailable, I would give him a chance at No 9.'

George wrote: 'Last season he played like he needed a rocket up his a... !

'And at the beginning of this season, he was showing more urgency and a much more goal threat, since his injury and coincided with the death of his father, he has been inconsistent with his performances.'


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