Nacer Chadli reveals why he struggled during his first season at Spurs

Chadli and Vlaar

The Tottenham Hotspur winger has been discussing his debut campaign at White Hart Lane.

Nacer Chadli believes his poor first season at Tottenham came from trying to force himself too much to meet expectations in north London, according to London 24.

The Belgian only scored once during his first campaign at White Hart Lane and suffered from injury problems - which further affected his game.

But the Spurs star says his poor form came, first and foremost, through elevated expectations of him in the capital, leading him to overwork himself and thereby suffer more fitness issues.

Chadli said after Tottenham's 2-0 win over Hull City: "I came from Twente and people expected a lot from me. When you’re not fit you want to prove yourself and sometimes you force yourself a bit too much and it’s not happening - with injuries and stuff like this, it’s difficult.

“I had two injuries during last season. I had an ankle injury and a hamstring injury so I missed six weeks twice and to come back is always difficult.

"I feel there were some improvements this season because I was fit all year long, almost. For me it was important to play games in a row and to adapt myself also to the Premier League."

  SeasonGoalsAssistsChances CreatedFinal-Third PassesAppearancesMinutes Played
Nacer Chadli 2014-2015 11 5 41 330 34 2,326
Nacer Chadli 2013-2014 1 3 31 220 24 1,453

As Opta stats show, Chadli's debut campaign at White Hart Lane barely compares to this season.

The Belgian has still struggled at times, often receiving plenty of criticism from Tottenham supporters. Chadli has also suffered tragedy in his personal life, affecting his game for a number of weeks.

Overall, though, the progress is undeniable. Chadli has 10 goals more than he did for Spurs last term, has registered more assists, created more chances and completed more passes in the final third.

All of this, of course, has originated from his improved form granting the 25-year-old more game time in the first place.

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