Tottenham's Nacer Chadli improves across the board on last season

Nacer Chadli

The midfielder has taken more shots, scored more goals and provided more assists.

Amid a raft of big-money signings following the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, there were a number of smaller purchases made by Tottenham Hotspur back in 2013.

One of those was Belgian Nacer Chadli who, compared to the sky-high fees paid for some stars, slipped under the radar somewhat when FC Twente were paid £7 million, per the Independent, for his services.

As with a number of players signed that summer, things didn’t go to plan as indifferent displays left the Spurs faithful unsure whether he would be a long-term performer at the club. However, things have take a turn for the better this season for the 25-year-old, so we decided to compare his stats to see just how much he has improved.

  PositionTeamSeasonTotal Scoring Att GAMEOntarget Scoring Att GAMEGoalsTotal Contest GAMEWon Contest GAMETotal Att Assist GAMEOntarget Att Assist GAMEGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Nacer Chadli MF Tottenham 2014-2015 1.5 0.6 11 2.6 1.2 1.1 0.8 5 35 2415
Nacer Chadli MF Tottenham 2013-2014 1.3 0.2 1 1.8 1 1.2 0.7 3 24 1453

First and foremost, we are going to be using the midfielder’s per game stats as he’s played 11 fewer this season than last. Starting with goals, the Belgian has improved hugely this season, upping his tally of one last year to 11 this campaign.

Sticking with attacking, he’s improved his total scoring attempts per game from 1.3 to 1.5, while his number of on target scoring attempts also rose, from 0.2 to 0.6.

His dribbling also saw a marked increase this year, with his total contests per game increasing from 1.8 to 2.6, while the number of contests won also went up, from 1 per game to 1.2.

One stat that did fall, however, regards his creativity, with his total attempted assists falling from 1.2 to 1.1, while his on target attempted assists also fell, from 1.2 to 1.1. He did, however; see his total number of assists rise from three to five.

Impressive progress for Chadli in his second season, who if he could improve his assists tally as well as his goal one, could prove to be a star player for Tottenham in the future.

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